Police briefs for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002

Man walks into girl’s home, drops pants

A man exposed himself to a 9-year-old girl in her town house at 10:30 p.m. in the 9000 block of New Britain Circle, said Sgt. Marc Woolverton, Manassas Police spokesman, Friday.

Woolverton said the girl was playing downstairs when a man walked into the home and dropped his pants.

The girl screamed and ran upstairs. Adults in the home ran downstairs, but the intruder had left by that point.

Another family member who happened to be coming home at the time saw the man fleeing on a white mountain bike, Woolverton said Friday in a press release. The intruder was last seen heading towards Kirby Street near a recreational vehicle lot, he said.

Woolverton said the intruder is not the man who was breaking into homes and exposing himself to people in the city during the summer months.

“The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, clean shaven in his late teens or twenties, standing about 5 feet 11 inches and weighing approximately 170 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, blue jeans and white tennis shoes,” Woolverton said in the press release. “Anyone who sees a person matching this description is asked to call 911 immediately.”

Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the intruder. The 24-hour confidential tip-line is (703) 330-0330. Tips can also be submitted at http://www.manassascity.org/pub_safety/crime.html

Cigarettes taken from Triangle tobacco store

An unknown quantity of cigarettes were stolen from Tobacco Discounters at 18079 Triangle Shopping Plaza in Triangle at 4:22 a.m. Friday, said Sgt. Kim Chinn, Prince William Police spokeswoman.

Chinn said the burglars were able to get in by throwing a brick through the front door, shattering the glass.

Speedwell Court woman charged with drug possession

A city woman was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of heroin and driving under the influence of drugs after giving an officer permission to search her purse, which contained drugs and associated paraphernelia, said Sgt. Marc Woolverton, Manassas Police spokesman, Friday.

Veida Elviria Newsome, 53, of 10187 Speedwell Court, was stopped on Centreville Road. She gave her daughter’s driver’s license to the officer, Woolverton said. She then apparently gave the officer permission to search her purse.

Newsome is being held on a $3,500 bond and is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing January 16, 2003.

— Daniel Drew

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