UPDATE: Suspect Arrested and Charged for Hate Graffiti at Religious Institutions
*Note to media: News conference today at 1 p.m. Details below.
Mason Police District – Through a joint investigation with the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Police, Dylan M. Mahone, 20, of Annandale, was arrested last night in connection with three hate-motivated incidents. Two incidents occurred overnight on April 11 at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC) and the Little River United Church of Christ. The Northern Virginia Community College Police initiated an investigation on March 20 for anti-Semitic flyers that were posted on campus.
Detectives collected video of at least one incident and were able to positively identify a suspect. On Wednesday, April 12, they obtained criminal warrants and arrested the suspect at his home. Mahone was taken to the Adult Detention Center and charged with two counts each of felony destruction of property, placing a swastika on religious property with the intent to intimidate and wearing a mask in public to conceal one’s identity. The NVCC Police charged Mahone with one count of felony destruction of property and one count of wearing a mask in public to conceal one’s identity.
The Fairfax County Police recognizes the potential harm bias/hate incidents and crimes can cause in a community. We encourage everyone to report these incidents. While not all incidents rise to a criminal level, each incident is documented. This can help prevent more from occurring or escalating into crimes and assist us in identifying patterns or persons involved in this negative behavior. Call our non-emergency number at 703-691-2131 to report suspected incidents.
Join us for a news conference hosted in coordination with members of the JCC:
WHEN: Today (April 13) at 1 p.m.
WHERE: The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
WHO: Director Julie Parker, Police Media Relations Bureau; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police; Jeff Dannick, Executive Director, JCC; Dr. David B. Lindsey, Reverend of Little River United Church of Christ
CONTACT: Fairfax County Police Media Relations Bureau, 703-246-2253
(Original news release: 4/11/17) Hate Graffiti Found at Two Religious Institutions in Annandale Area
Mason Police District – Our detectives are investigating two incidents of bias-motivated graffiti that were reported today (April 11) at two religious institutions in Annandale. Around 7:15 a.m., staff at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, reported anti-Semitic symbols and words had been spray-painted on the building’s exterior. Then, around 8:50 a.m., staff from the Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Turnpike, reported similar anti-religious symbols and words were spray-painted on the exterior of their building and on the property. No other damage was uncovered and the suspect(s) did not enter either building. It appears the crime at the JCC occurred between 1 and 4 a.m.
Detectives are reviewing evidence collected at the scene and are working diligently in hopes of identifying a suspect and placing charges. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131 or Crimes Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637).