Police briefs for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2002

Man charged with assault, battery after road rage

A Manassas man was charged with assault and battery after punching a 20-year-old man in the mouth following an argument on Centreville Road near Manassas at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, said 1st Sgt. Kim Chinn, a Prince William police spokeswoman. The victim had to have dental surgery as a result of the assault, she said.

Chinn said the victim stopped at a traffic signal in Fairfax County and was yelled at by Gregory Matthew Campbell, 20, of 9953 Confederate Trail in Manassas.

They “communicated back and forth,” before and after crossing the Prince William border while heading south, she said.

Campbell allegedly threatened the passengers in the victim’s car. When the victim stopped at a gas station on the road, Campbell approached him and then punched him in the face, Chinn said.

Campbell was released on a summons, Chinn said.

Van stolen while woman at work in Manassas

A Woodbridge woman’s 1998 Toyota Previa was stolen while she was at work in Manassas between 8 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. Monday, said Sgt. Marc Woolverton, a Manassas police spokesman.

There was no sign of forced entry to the van, valued at $8,000, Woolverton said.

City man charged after mistaking tracks for street

A city man was arrested Saturday and charged with felony obstructing a railroad and public intoxication after he drove his car onto a track thinking it was Prince William Street, said Sgt. Marc Woolverton, a Manassas police spokesman.

Randy Keith Moore, 44, of 9340 English Oak Court, was stopped on Main Street by police.

No one was hurt, but an Amtrak passenger train was delayed for a little under two and a half hours.

Moore’s 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier was between the north and south tracks behind the Manassas Ice and Fuel Company, Woolverton said.

When police responded to the call that there was an automobile on the tracks, no one was near the car, Woolverton said. A switch, the device that controls which track the train travels on, sustained $30,000 worth of damage. Moore’s car sustained $5,000 worth of damage, Woolverton said.

Moore is being held on a $3,500 bond.

Police seeking burglars of Manassas church

The Manassas Baptist Church was burglarized and vandalized sometime after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Manassas police spokesman Sgt. Marc Woolverton said Monday.

Candy bars and potato chips were stolen from the offices, located at 8730 Sudley Road.

Nissan Altima stolen in Manassas neighborhood

A 1999 Nissan Altima was stolen from a 22-year-old city woman between 5 a.m. Jan. 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, Manassas police spokesman Sgt. Marc Woolverton said Monday.

The car, valued at $5,000, was parked in the 8900 block of Wood Drift Circle. It is black and has Virginia license plates that read “KARABR.”

Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the recovery of stolen property or the arrest of suspect.

The 24-hour confidential tip-line is (703) 330-0330.

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