Police briefs for Thursday, May 30, 2002

Police arrest robbery suspect

they say fired shots into the ground

Prince William County police Tuesday arrested the man they say fired two shots into the ground during a robbery attempt in the 1900 block of Winslow Court in Woodbridge on May 17.

Walter Blake Dowell, 21, of no fixed address, faces charges of attempted robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of marijuana after a county bike patrol officer located him in the Willowbrook area, police said.

He has been held without bond.

Collision on Va. 234 snarls morning traffic

A Prince William Service Authority truck collided with another truck Wednesday morning on Va. 234 between Bristow and Hoadly roads and blocked traffic in both directions for several hours Wednesday morning, said Detective Dennis Mangan. Prince William County police spokesman.

Non-hazardous household chemicals spilled from one of the trucks and the drivers of the trucks received minor injuries, Mangan said.

Young man exposed himself to two girls, police say

An unknown man exposed himself to two 12-year-old girls at the Courtyard Marriott at 10701 Battleview Parkway near the Manassas National Battlefield Park on Monday, Prince William County police said Wednesday.

The flasher, described as a white man, 17 to 20 years old, wearing a maroon shirt, khaki shorts and a gray cloth on his head, exposed himself after the two girls would not let him into the hotel through the back door, police said.

Woman sees man exposing himself, police say

A 66-year-old woman saw a man exposing himself behind her home in the 2300 block of Longview Drive in Woodbridge on Tuesday, Prince William County police said Wednesday.

The man, described as Hispanic, 20 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall with black hair, brown eyes and a heavy build, had previously asked her if she needed any yard work done, police said.

Chainsaw, trimmer stolen from Spriggs Road shed

Thieves stole a chainsaw and a weed trimmer from an unlocked shed in the 13400 block of Spriggs Road on May 20, Prince William County police said Wednesday. The property is worth an estimated $396.

— Adam H. Beasley and Keith Walker

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