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Ashburn Homocide Sunday

March 23, 2009

>>>Homocide And Assault in Ashburn Early Sunday Morning

I started getting reports at 8:30 Sunday morning while I was in church.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim's in the homicide and assault that occurred early Sunday morning in the Lansdowne area.   

The agency is withholding the names of the victims pending notification of next of kin. The male homicide victim and the female are husband and wife and lived in the Potomac Station community of Leesburg. They are in their mid-to-late-50's.  

Deputies were initially called to the area of Riverside Parkway and Rocky Creek Drive for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The complainant stated they heard a commotion outside and observed a white panel van and several subjects outside.  

The van returned to the area and left the scene again before authorities were contacted. A deputy arrived on the scene and conducted a foot patrol. The body of a male victim was located along Riverside Parkway near Rocky Creek Drive. A canvass of the area was conducted and a female victim was located on the opposite side of Riverside Drive in a wooded area. She was airlifted to a local hospital where she remains in critical condition.  

The victim's were identified overnight.    

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in this area during the overnight or if you know the identity of the victim, you are asked to immediately contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0475.  

>>> Riverside Parkway Closed, Now Open

Riverside Parkway is now open after being closed since early Sunday morning. The roadway was closed as Loudoun Sheriff's Investigators worked the scene of a homicide.



On Monday, March 16, Jhonny Lopez, 21, entered pleas of guilt in Loudoun County Circuit Court to Malicious Wounding (Felony) and Identity Theft (Misdemeanor) resulting from an incident at the Dulles Town Center Mall on March 1, 2008.

Lopez, and an employee working at one of the kiosks, became involved in a verbal dispute, the specifics of which are still unclear.  Following the dispute, Lopez proceeded to the second level of the mall and entered the Disney Store where he stole a decorative porcelain statue attached to a snow globe (see attached photo for similar in-tact item).

Lopez proceeded to the railing where he dropped the item onto the victim, striking him in the head and causing a laceration requiring stitches.  Witnesses were able to identify Lopez who was stopped in the parking lot shortly thereafter by Sheriff's Deputies.

"These guilty pleas will put us in a strong position to advocate for a lengthy sentence that should help keep this repeat criminal off the street for several years," said Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman.

Lopez has an extensive record of violence from 2006 to the present which includes Assault & Battery by Mob, Simple Assault (x2), Trespassing on School Property, Possession of Marijuana, Destruction of Property, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Petit Larceny (x3), all misdemeanors.  Lopez has been convicted in the Courts of Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington.

Information related to his prior convictions revealed that Lopez was, at some point, an associate of the MS-13 Criminal Street Gang.  The Loudoun Sheriff's Office has initiated paperwork to place an immigration detainer on Lopez who is originally from Bolivia.  "This felony conviction will hopefully ensure his removal from the country once his sentence is complete," said Plowman.  Lopez is currently being held in custody without bond.

A Sterling man recently convicted in the sexual assault of an elderly woman has been charged in a similar attack that occurred last year.

Arnold J. Mancia-Morales is accused of entering a home in the Newberry development of Sterling on April 20, 2008. Inside he allegedly restrained and sexually assaulted a then 51-year-old female victim. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Warrants for rape, breaking and entering, abduction with intent to defile and forcible sodomy were served on Mancia-Morales at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on Saturday.

>>>Estimates put 1,000 on Sterling Telephone Town Hall

The Sterling Telephone Town Hall meeting was a big success. Over 500 phone participants were recorded as being on the phone with many of the participants having their family listening in or neighbors on extensions. Supervisor Delgaudio estimates that as many as 1,000 people listened during the hour due to couples and families listening together.

Twenty Sterling Park residents asked questions during the one hour and 15 minute telephone meeting. Some had more than one question and some couples like Fran and Ed Brocke joined the discussion with questions. Several citizens expressed appreciation for the new format.

"There were some glitches like not being able to hear me when a handful of citizens were on the hold line waiting to ask a question and there were some disconnects by the computer to citizens who wanted to hear the Town Hall. We will work that out and will definitely have another telephone town hall soon," said Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling District).

To the many of you who put in the time on the phone, thank you. This is an historic occasion as Sterling once again turns out and this time it was a record breaking new technology.

Sterling Boulevard Cleanup, Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers needed.  Meet at Park View Recycling Center (400 W Laurel Ave.) to receive
orange bags, safety vests, and instructions.  Please bring gloves.

Thank you for letting me work for you in Sterling District and Loudoun County.

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