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Police Log: Man Wields Knife During Parking Lot Confrontation

The following arrest information was supplied by the Vienna Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A man showed his knife during a confrontation in a Vienna parking lot Nov. 17.

A citizen reported he approached the driver of another vehicle to tell him he was driving the wrong way in a parking lot on the 100 block of Maple Avenue West around 1:44 p.m. Nov. 17, according to the report filed with the Vienna Police Department.

The driver of the vehicle became confrontational with the citizen and began cursing at him. The citizen asked the driver to stop cursing at him, and the driver pulled out a small folding knife, police said. The driver did not threaten the citizen.

The father of the driver came out of a nearby store and stated he would calm his son down. 

The driver and his father left the area prior to the arrival of the police.

Other highlights from the Vienna Police Department Log, Nov. 16 to Nov. 22:

  • A citizen on the 100 block of Maple Avenue West reported around noon Nov. 5 he had contracted with a business to replace countertops at his residence. The business started the work and then stopped working after receiving the deposit for the remaining work. The citizen attempted to contact the company, but they had not returned his telephone calls or emails requesting that either the work be completed or the deposit returned. This case is being investigated.
  • A resident reported someone had stolen his one gallon gas can and tampered with his leaf blower between 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 8:47 a.m. Nov. 16 on the 500 block of Maple Avenue.
  • An employee of Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. SE, reported someone had been leaving notes on her vehicle and making harassing telephone calls to her at the library between noon Nov. 14 and 3:01 p.m. Nov. 16. The writer of the notes wrote he was too shy to approach her in person. The employee was advised to call the police if the individual approaches her.
  • During a traffic stop around 3:38 p.m. Nov. 15 on the 200 block of Maple Avenue SE, an officer suspected the vehicle may have contained illegal drugs. After further investigation a brown substance believed to be heroin was located. Gerald Alexander Byrd, 34, of Sylvia Court in Clinton, Md., was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Alexander was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was held on a $5,000 bond.
  • A resident on the 1000 block of Hillcrest Drive SW reported someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and took a GPS between 3:56 p.m. Nov. 15 and 3:56 p.m. Nov. 16. There were no other items taken from the vehicle.
  • During a traffic stop on the 1100 block of Maple Avenue NE, a driver showed signs of possible impairment. After failing to complete several field sobriety tests, Riddhi Nandan Mehra, 27, of Hill House in Fairfax Station was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Mehra was transported to the Vienna Police Station for a breath analysis. After the analysis, he was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was charged with driving while intoxicated. Mehra was to be held until he was sober.
  • An employee of Cedar Lane Center, 101 Cedar Lane, reported a student had been found to be under the influence of alcohol around 8 a.m. Nov. 16. The student stated he was given a water bottle by another student and drank from it, not knowing it was alcohol. The student’s mother was contacted and responded to the school to take the student home. The school will follow up with the investigation.
  • A citizen reported seeing an individual, whom he thought had been previously told not to return, on a property on the 1000 block of Hillcrest Drive SW around 3:34 p.m. Nov. 16. The individual had left the property prior to the arrival of the police officers.
  • A resident reported a pile of leaves had been set on fire on the 500 block of Walker Street SW around 3:15 a.m. Nov. 17. An officer responded and found the leaves to be smoldering but not ablaze. The Fairfax County Fire Department responded and extinguished the smoking embers.
  • A citizen reported he had found a chain saw in the roadway on Church Street at Beulah Road around 11:54 a.m. Nov. 17. The chainsaw will be held at the police department until the owner can be located.

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