Detectives Assume Investigation Following Last Week’s Fire in Franklin Farms

Fair Oaks Police District – A Herndon man is facing five felony charges after an overnight fire that destroyed a single family home on Friday. Officers responded shortly before 4 a.m. for a report of a disturbance in the 13500 block of Coates Lane and arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames. Officers encountered Rogerio Ribeiro, 52, of Herndon, attempting to leave in a car. Ribeiro pointed a handgun at officers and after a struggle over the firearm, were able to safely disarm him and take him into custody. One person injured in the fire was treated and released from the hospital while an injured dog remains under the care of a veterinarian.



Based on preliminary findings, investigators with the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office charged Ribeiro on Friday with arson and setting fire to damage another’s property. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. Detectives consulted with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and obtained additional charges of aggravated malicious wounding, cruelty to animals and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. Ribeiro remains held without bond.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim receives appropriate resources.

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