During the initial investigation, it was determined that Abutoh allegedly intentionally drove his SUV into the building multiple times. When doing so, he struck a 74-year-old man from McLean, that was entering the business. Then, Abutoh was observed pouring liquid on his body and lighting himself on fire while inside the vehicle.
Along with numerous citizens, on-duty Chief Flight Officer, Second Lieutenant Jennifer Lescallett of the Helicopter Division, and an off-duty Fairfax County police officer, Brent Moreau happened to be in the area and quickly responded to the incident. Second Lieutenant Lescallett rendered emergency first-aid to the injured parties.
Officer Moreau was at a nearby location and was alerted by a citizen that a possible “active shooter” incident was occurring at the diner. Officer Moreau responded and observed the burning vehicle and determined that it was not an active shooter situation. Officer Moreau assisted bystanders in moving Abutoh further away from the burning vehicle.
Abutoh remains under the care of a local hospital. Warrants will be served upon his release in coordination with our detectives on the United States Marshal’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF).
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Public Information Battalion Chief Willie F. Bailey confirmed that additional charges are pending against Abutoh. The Office of the Fire Marshal’s investigation remains on-going at this time.
Police were called to the Silver Diner located at 8101 Fletcher Street in McLean, at around 12:38 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, for a report of vehicle crash with injury. Officers arrived and found that an SUV struck the building and was on fire. The fire was extinguished by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Four people were reportedly injured, including the driver of the vehicle. Three of the injured were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries; the fourth refused to be transported and was treated at the scene.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and from the Traffic Division’s Crash Reconstruction Unit, along with the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office, are working together on this case. The investigation is in its early stages and further updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.
Detectives would like anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.