On Tuesday, May 31, Samuel Ovie Abutoh, 59, of Springfield, was transported from the District of Columbia to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Detectives from the Major Crimes Division served arrest warrants for Second Degree Murder, Felony Destruction of Property, Arson: Burning or Destroying an Occupied Public Building, and Arson: Burning or Destroying Personal Property on Abutoh.
Warrants were initially obtained for malicious wounding. This charge was revised to second degree murder following the passing of Andrew Sheren who was struck by the SUV driven by Abutoh, while walking into the Silver Diner.
(May 18, 2016) Blog Update:
Update: Victim of Silver Diner Crash Succumbs to Injuries
According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Andrew Sheren, 74, of McLean died yesterday from complications resulting from injuries he sustained in the crash. Mr. Sheren was the man struck while walking into the Silver Diner.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. At this time, Samuel Ovie 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).
(May 6, 2016) Blog Update:
Update: Warrants Obtained for Man who Crashed Car into Building in McLean
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, 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 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.
(May 4, 2016) Original Blog Release:
Car Crashes into Building in McLean
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.