Your Calls Make a Difference

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An alert resident’s report of suspicious activity in her neighborhood led to criminal charges against two men for drug activity. Police were called to the area of Dogwood Lane and Rosemoor Lane, in Fairfax, around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8 for a report of a suspicious person. The caller reported a vehicle stopped in the road in her neighborhood then turned its lights off. Minutes later, a second vehicle pulled up and then a third. The caller was concerned some type of drug or criminal activity was occurring and within 10 minutes of seeing the vehicles, called the police non-emergency line to request police check it out.

Patrol officers arrived within five minutes of dispatch and observed the three vehicles parked, with all occupants still sitting inside. An investigation determined at least two of the suspects were allegedly in possession of marijuana. Adam A. Abutaa, 19, of Oakton, and Khalid J. Al Jobair, 18, of McLean, were each charged with possession of marijuana and released on a summons.

Were it not for the timely call to police, this incident might have never been discovered. The occupants could have been up to nothing or up to some other type of criminal activity, like casing the neighborhood for burglaries. You are our eyes and ears. If you feel something or someone is out of place, just give us a call.

We’ll make every effort to get there before the suspicious persons leave and check it out for you. If it’s nothing, we get to chat with someone new and send the message this is a vigilant community; if it’s something, as with this incident, you just made your neighborhood a little bit safer.

Consider starting up a Neighborhood Watch program. For details and other crime prevention tips and services, contact your district’s crime prevention officer. Anyone with information about suspected criminal activity is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or as with this highlighted case, call us, the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. (For imminent life-endangering emergencies, call 9-1-1).


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