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Five Charged With Murder Of Gaithersburg Teen

February 16, 2017

Fairfax County detectives have obtained charges for murder against five suspects, two adults and three teenagers, involved in the gang-related death of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg, MD. Detectives believe Reyes Rivas was killed in Springfield. VA, on or around Jan. 8. Her remains were found on Feb. 11.

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Suspects Charged In Ongoing Homicide Investigation

February 15, 2017

Fairfax County police have identified the four adult suspects charged in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas. Each has been charged with abduction and gang participation. Six juveniles have also been charged with abduction and gang participation.

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Preliminary Charges Placed In Gang-Related Murder

February 15, 2017

Fairfax County police detectives have identified ten suspects – four adults and six juveniles – believed to be involved in the murder of 15-year-old Damaris Alexandra Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg. FCPD determined Reyes Rivas was held against her will, taken to Lake Accotink Park and assaulted before she was killed and left nearby in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield. Detectives believe this occurred on or around Jan. 8.

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Juvenile Sex Trafficker Wanted By FBI

February 15, 2017

UPDATE: On Feb. 16, the FBI’s Washington Field Office announced that Gary O’Neal Bell has been captured.

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Father of Missing Baby Arrested In Lynchburg

February 15, 2017

On Feb. 13, the Lynchburg Police Department assisted the Fairfax County Police Department with the arrest of Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, of Springfield, VA. Castillo Rivas is the father of the missing baby, Aidan, who was reported missing with 16-year old mother Lizzy Rivera Colindres on Jan. 15. The mother and baby returned to their Springfield home unharmed shortly before midnight on Feb. 11.

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Police Seek Public’s Help Finding Missing/Endangered Teen

February 14, 2017

Update: Venus Iraheta, the 17-year-old reported earlier today as missing/endangered, returned to her home around 9 p.m. tonight. She is being interviewed by detectives regarding the circumstances surrounding her absence.

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Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Trump’s Travel Ban

February 14, 2017

Last night Leonie Brinkema, Federal Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, found that President Donald Trump's January 27 Executive Order is actually the Muslim ban that he promised as a candidate, and therefore the Commonwealth is likely to prevail on its claim that the order discriminates against Muslims in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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Man Pleads GuiltyTo Producing Child Pornography Of Boys

February 14, 2017

Vincenzo Leonardi, 27, of Lakewood, Ohio, pleaded guilty today to production of child pornography in connection with his online impersonation of a minor girl to entice and coerce minor boys to produce sexually explicit photographs and videos of themselves.

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Missing Fairfax Teen And Baby Return Home, Reunited With Family

February 12, 2017

The Fairfax County Police Department reports that Lizzy Rivera Colindres returned home last night, Feb. 11, shortly before midnight. She and the baby boy, Aidan, were in good health. The 16-year-old mother and her 5-month-old baby were last seen on Jan. 14 at their home in Springfield, VA.

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Man Sentenced To 58 Years In Prison For Multiple Attacks In Arlington County

February 11, 2017

Justin Wingate Poe, 35, of Woodbridge, VA, was sentenced on Friday, Feb. 10, in the Arlington County Circuit Court to 58 years in prison for his role in multiple attacks in Arlington County.

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