Police briefs for Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Woodbridge man charged with slicing neighbor, resisting arrest Saturday

A Woodbridge man sliced a neighbor on the back of his neck as part of a rampage through the Cambridge Square area before Prince William County police arrested him early Saturday morning, Detective Dennis Mangan, a police spokesman, said Tuesday.

Christopher J. Bellinger, 24, of 15105 Arum Place, first attracted police attention to his neighborhood Saturday when he broke a car window and damaged its hood, Mangan said.

Bellinger then is said to have chased a 21-year-old to an apartment in the 15000 block of Lost Canyon Court. Bellinger followed him in before slicing him on the back of a neck, likely with a knife, Mangan said.

The assailant went back to Arum Place, where police searched for him. Bellinger ran into nearby woods, Mangan said, but officers caught him and made the arrest.

Police charged Bellinger with burglary with intent to assault, destruction of private property, malicious wounding and resisting arrest, Mangan said. Bond information was not available Tuesday afternoon.

Skinny-dipper shoves ranger into reservoir, police say

A Lake Ridge man shoved a park ranger into the Occoquan Reservoir and then swam to Fairfax County on Friday night, Prince William County police said Tuesday.

Shawn Christopher Oakes, 22, of 11709 Collingwood Court, was swimming naked in the area of Lake Ridge Community Park around 7:20 p.m. when a 38-year-old ranger confronted him, police said.

Oakes then shoved him into the water and threatened him before swimming across the reservoir, police said.

Police later identified Oakes and arrested him at his home; he has been charged with assault and battery and indecent exposure, police said.

Police can’t identify intoxicated purse-snatcher

Prince William County police on Sunday arrested the man they say robbed a 23-year-old woman of her purse in front of a Woodbridge 7-Eleven earlier that morning, but have been unable to identify him.

A Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds and wearing blue jeans shorts with no shirt approached the woman as she left the 7-Eleven in the 14500 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, police said.

He asked her for a ride and then reached out, snatched her purse and ran, said police, who soon thereafter set up a perimeter in the area.

They found the suspect walking on Featherstone Road and arrested him, but were unable to identify him, as he was rather intoxicated, police said.

Triangle man charged with indecent exposure

A Triangle man faces charges of indecent exposure after walking around the 1900 block of Fuller Heights Road wearing a shirt, but no pants, Monday, county police said Tuesday.

A 48-year-old woman was standing outside of an apartment complex when she saw the man and called police.

Joseph S. Hollcroft, of 2043 Barnette Circle, was charged with indecent exposure.

County police seek peeping Tom in Woodbridge

An unknown man peered into a home in the 2700 block of Dettinger Place in Woodbridge early Friday morning but ran away when a female resident noticed him, Prince William County police said Tuesday.

Sometime after midnight, a 25-year-old woman heard noises outside her home and saw a man peeping into her window, police said.

He then ran in the direction of Georgetown Road, said police, who also said they believe he is responsible for breaking into a shed in the area.

The suspect is described as white, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds with light brown hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants.

Thieves swipe 20 cartons of cigarettes

Thieves stole 20 cartons of cigarettes, worth $478, from Cigarette Club at 4166 Dale Blvd. in Dale City early Saturday morning, Prince William County police said Tuesday.

The burglars broke the front glass door, which set off the alarm, police said.

N.Y. Beetle enthusiasts find Volkswagen stolen

Someone stole a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle Saturday night from a New York couple who was in Manassas for the annual “Bug Out” car show at Old Dominion Speedway, Manassas police said Tuesday.

The car, green and black in color and worth an estimated $10,000, was parked on Early Street near Sudley Road around 10:15 p.m. Saturday. An hour and a half later, the car, with New York plates, TOBAD4U, was gone, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Solvers at (703) 330-0330. Callers do not have to give their names or testify in court and may receive a reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in an arrest.

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