Police briefs for Friday, May 16, 2003

Oxen Hill, Md., man faces firearms, drug charges

Prince William police charged a 27-year-old Oxen Hill, Md., man with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and public intoxication Tuesday.

Officers responded at 9:50 p.m. to a call that shots had been fired in the 12800 block of Cara Drive in Woodbridge on Tuesday at 9:50 p.m., Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman, said Thursday.

They found a spent shell casing and a citizen turned over a handgun and told police to be on the lookout for a teal Dodge van, Mangan said. Officers stopped the van at the intersection of Neabsco Road and Dale Boulevard.

Andrew Lee Gadson, of 2166 Alice Ave., was identified by witnesses as the man they saw firing shots in their neighborhood, Mangan said.

Food store worker injured when two men take purse

A 53-year-old Giant grocery store clerk was pulled to the ground and injured when two men grabbed her purse as she was leaving work at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The woman was walking through the parking lot of the store at 4307 Dale Blvd. when two men ran up behind her. One grabbed her purse with such force he pulled her to the ground. He and the man behind him continued running and dragged the woman along with them. She was dragged for about 15 feet, Mangan said.

The man who grabbed the purse is described as black, between 18 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches and 170 pounds. Witnesses say he was wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts with tall tube socks and sneakers.

The second man is described as black, between 18 and 22, about 5 feet 11 inches, and 170 pounds.

Witnesses said they’ve seen the men before and they probably drive a late model Nissan sedan.

The woman is being treated at Potomac Hospital.

Fellow cashier Patty Sporney, 38, said workers are taking up a collection for their injured co-worker. The woman broke her left knee and left wrist and will be out of work for three or four months, Sporney said.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution can send donations to: Cashier Fund, Giant Foods, 4309 Dale Blvd., Woodbridge, Va 22193.

Teen lured into woods, beaten and robbed

A 14-year-old boy was tricked into going into the woods behind Tecumseh Court in Lake Ridge and then beaten and robbed by a group of people at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman, said.

A 17-year-old boy was charged with robbery and assault by mob, Mangan said. Police do not release the names of juveniles charged in crimes.

The 14-year-old suffered minor scrapes and bruises, police said.

Police charge Dale City man with burglary

A 21-year-old Dale City man was charged with burglary with the intent to commit assault at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman, said Thursday.

Police say Marlong Fuentes Cisneros, of 13207 Keystone Drive, is the person who pushed a screen out at his friend’s Keystone Drive home and entered the home. The victim is a juvenile.