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Police Make Arrests in Reston Bike Path Assault

Suspects arrested for June 7 incident. Police still looking for info on similar June crimes.

Police have charged one adult and three juveniles in connection with the June 7 robbery and assault near Pinecrest Road. The adult, Ali Lewis, 19 of Freetown Court, Reston was charged with robbery on June 21, Fairfax County Police said.

Detectives linked the four suspects to the incident based on a tip they received from the public. Police have not linked these suspects to other recent incidents - which took place on Reston paths from June 7 to 13 - and are still seeking information and tips from the public on those cases.

The June 7 incident occurred about 9 p.m. A 31-year-old man was walking on a path near Southgate Community Center at 12125 Pinecrest Road when he was reportedly approached by four young men who spoke to the victim, punched him and then took the victim’s belongings after he fell to the ground. They fled down the path.

The other incidents:

Thursday, June 13 at around 3:25 p.m. A 23-year-old man was walking home from the store along a path adjacent to a soccer field at Hunters Woods Park when three men approached him from behind, knocked him to the ground, demanded his belongings and assaulted him. They took his belongings and walked away, northbound on the pathway. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and walked to a nearby business to contact police.

 The suspects in that case were described as two black males, around 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds. One wore an orange tank top and appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s. The other wore a light red polo shirt. The third suspect was possibly Hispanic, same height, between 18-20 years old and thin. He wore a navy and gray, striped, loose pants and possibly a gray shirt.

On June 9 at  6:20 p.m., A 42-year-old man was riding his bicycle on a path behind Hunters Woods Plaza when he was approached by a group of four young men. 

One of them pushed the victim off of his bicycle and began to assault him; punching and kicking. They grabbed the victim’s money and belongings, yelled at him and fled. The victim yelled for help and a walker assisted him and called police and rescue. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated for broken bones and other non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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The Convict July 09, 2013 at 06:54 PM
If those arrested are the guilty ones, I hope they serve a nice long term.
taffy/toby July 09, 2013 at 11:50 PM
kudos to police...and to citizen who gave the tip leading to arrest.
John Smith July 10, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Great news! Agree with Convict and Josephine; kudos to police and to citizen who provided tip and serious consequences for parties found guilty!
Stella McEnearny July 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM
The Convict, Josephine, and John are right on here! Let 'em serve as examples that one can't get away with this violence.
g_cupec July 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM
As I age I find it even more important to keep in physical condition and learn self defense techniques even basic ones. Using your fingers to poke into an attackers eye as well as vulnerable spots of the bodies. Also, learn to go with your feelings, if you feel something is wrong in your surroundings you are probably right. I have worked on retraining my senses especially sight and hearing so I am aware of my surroundings. Last but not least if you are attacked and have no other choice than to defend yourself try to remain calm through out a cooler head will help you compensate for your attackers aggression ( I know this is more easily typed than done). These criminals seem to have struck quickly and moved on which is good in some ways, no one was killed. Just remember there could be a moment where an attacker(s) do not want a witness, etc. and you may need to defend yourself.
Dennis Schulte July 10, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Nice work.

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