A detailed investigation has led to the arrest of Matthew Charles Malacarne, believed to be responsible for a series of destruction cases where commercial buildings were struck by bullets. Detectives from Fairfax County and the Towns of Herndon and Leesburg have been jointly investigating similar cases in each jurisdiction. In each of the two Fairfax County incidents, the suspect discharged a gun, striking a building during the overnight hours. In one incident, there were employees inside the business.
On Monday, September 21, an employee of a business, located in the 2200 block of Corporate Drive in Herndon, reported to police that several pieces of equipment were damaged during the evening hours of Thursday, September 17. Detectives investigating the report determined the suspect intentionally damaged a security camera, a key lockbox, a satellite dish and shut down the building’s elevators, costing thousands of dollars in damages. Additional information was developed, enabling detectives to identify that suspect.
A felony Destruction of Property warrant was obtained for the destruction case on September 17, and detectives took the suspect, Matthew Charles Malacarne, 29, of 811 Locust Street in Herndon, into custody on Friday, September 25. A search warrant was also served at his residence that same day.
Evidence obtained during that search warrant led detectives to also charge Malacarne for the two destruction incidents where buildings were shot in Fairfax County. The first incident occurred on Monday, August 3, around 10 p.m. at a business in the 2200 block of Monroe Street. Employees were inside the building at the time the shots were fired. The second incident occurred between the hours of 10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, and 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, at a business in the 2200 block of Corporate Drive.
Matthew Charles Malacarne was charged with one count of felony Destruction of Property and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling for the incident on Monday, August 3. He was additionally charged with one count of felony Destruction of Property for the incident on Tuesday, August 4.
Detectives in the Town of Herndon have pursued charges for the incidents in their jurisdiction. Malacarne is currently being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.
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