Reported Threat Thoroughly Investigated: No Evidence of Criminal Activity


McLean Police District – After a thorough investigation into a reported threat at a Tysons office building on Wednesday, our detectives have concluded no criminal activity occurred.

An ex-employee of a business within the building sent a suspicious group text message to some of his former colleagues but there were no direct threats made.  The following day, an employee in the building overheard two co-workers discussing the text message and asked another employee for additional information.  There was a language barrier and through the use of a cell phone translator program, the message was interpreted as a present threat of a man in the building with a gun.  Building security relayed the information they received to our dispatch center, prompting the emergency response.  Our investigation determined that no one was actually seen with a gun and we do not have any evidence that the subject who sent the text message was at the building on Wednesday. 

We appreciate the patience and support from the businesses, employees, and our engaged community as we worked methodically to ensure the public’s safety. 

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(original release:  August 7, 2019)

No Evidence of Criminal Activity after Reported Threat at an Office Building in McLean

McLean Police District – No evidence of criminal activity was found after officers searched an office building located at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. Officers were initially called shortly before noon when an employee of the building reported a man with a gun. No gunshots or acts of violence were reported but officers, along with members of our Special Operations Division, meticulously searched the building while employees sheltered in place until they could be safely evacuated.

A person of interest was identified in an unrelated area of the county and officers spoke with him, however, criminal charges are not expected.  According to Chief Edwin Roessler Jr., “The investigation is ongoing but we don’t have any evidence that a crime occurred – we’re thankful that this was a non-event.”

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