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VA police investigate multiple break-ins

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Manassas City Police are investigating several break-ins that occurred in the same area between September 4th and September 9th.

Police are requesting the public's assistance in solving these crimes. The series of crimes have been listed as follows:


A. Champ Auto Parks (9088 Euclid Ave)
Discovered by Police 12:40AM on 9/8/14
Front door broken out; nothing reported stolen

B. Northside Auto Sales (8916 Reb Yank Dr)
Occurred between 6PM on 9/5/14 and 7:30AM on 9/8/14
Front door broken out; nothing reported stolen

C. La Monarca Furniture (9025 Centreville Rd)
Window broken out; nothing reported stolen
Occurred between 11PM 9/7/14 and 1PM 9/9/14


Pilot lost consciousness in Va. plane crash

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Coast Guard crews are searching the waters off the Virginia coast for a single-engine plane that crashed after the pilot lost consciousness.

The Coast Guard says the plane had drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital this afternoon, scrambling two Air Force fighter jets that stayed with the single-engine Cirrus plane until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the plane took off from Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was headed to Manassas, Virginia, which is about 30 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.

The plane was registered to Ronald Hutchinson, of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Relatives reached at a phone listing for him didn't want to comment.

Police: Man was abducted and robbed in VA

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 53-year-old Manassas man was abducted and robbed in Virginia on Wednesday, Prince William County police said.

Officer were called by the victim, a 53-year-old man at about 8:13 a.m. Thursday, police said. The victim reported that he had been abducted at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 7700 block of Stream Walk Drive in Manassas, police said.

The man told police that he was in a parking lot when a gray car with a man and a woman inside pulled up. The man in the car offered to hire the victim for landscaping work. The victim then entered the car, police said.

The victim reported that the couple drove to a convenience store and then to a wooded area. When they arrived at the wooded area the male in the car grabbed the victim by his neck and held a knife to him, police said.

Va. police arrest 2 in homicide of man found near dumpster

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Manassas City Police Department have arrested two people in connection with the death of a man, who was found close to a dumpster on August 17 in Manassas, Va.

Authorities responded to Colonial Village Apartments for the report of a body left by a dumpster area. The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Cesar Benjamin Contreras of Manassas, police said.

The death was not just a random attack, the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force determined. At least six people were involved in the homicide, authorities said.

Police have arrested two suspects thus far. Jose Rafael Ramirez Lopez, 18, of NW, Washington was arrested and charged with murder, police said. Authorities also arrested Ludwig Ulises "Negro" Mena Romero, 20, of Manassas, Va. He was also charged with murder.

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Take the Plunge: Join Design Army X Karla Colletto for Pool Party, Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 22

Design Army X Karla Colletto to debut their swimwear collection - Swim At Your Own Risk - on Friday, August 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Capitol Skyline Hotel

On the heels of judging the global 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France as one of two US judges in the Design category, Pum Lefebure, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, just released her first swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, in collaboration with Karla Colletto. A capsule collection for Colletto’s Cruise 2015 line and Lefebure’s first venture into fashion design, the five-piece graphic swimsuits and beachwear debuted at the Miami Swim Show on July 19th.

Va. police investigate mosque vandalism

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County Police Department responded to the report of a vandalized mosque in Manassas on Tuesday, after a Muslim civil rights group asked authorities to do so.

Authorities responded to the mosque located at 12950 Center Entrance Dr. in Manassas, Va. Tuesday afternoon.

A security guard at the mosque was the first person to notice the vandalism, police said. The incident happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The exterior walls, the windows and the doors of the building were all spray painted with orange spray paint, authorities said. An outer glass pane on the back side of the door was also damaged, authorities said.

It has not been determined as of yet whether this was a hate crime, police said.

Police have no lookouts.

15-year-old girl missing from Manassas

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Officials with the Manassas City Police Department are looking for Ciera Sharnee Dawkins a.k.a. "CeeCee" or "Shar." They say the 15-year-old was last seen on Monday at 7 p.m. at a family cookout on Nicol Lane in Manassas.

Police released photos of Dawkins on the department's Facebook page. According to police, she was wearing the same clothes pictured and carrying a yellow purse.

Dawkins is described as a 15-year-old girl with black hair and brown eyes, standing 5'10" tall and weighing 190 pounds.

If you have any information, contact police at (703) 257-8000 or Det. van Noppen at (703) 257-8049 or cvannoppen@manassasva.gov