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Loudoun Indicts East Coast Rapist

From Jim Plowman:

Leesburg, Virginia –  A Loudoun County Grand Jury returned true bills on a three count indictment charging Aaron H. Thomas with Rape, Abduction with Intent to Defile, and Forcible Sodomy.  The three felonies carry a potential punishment of three life sentences.

It is anticipated that a Capias will issue from the Loudoun County Circuit Court this week for Thomas’ arrest which should ultimately secure his return to Virginia to face trial.  Thomas is currently in custody in Connecticut on charges stemming from a 2007 attack in New Haven.  Thomas has also been charged in Prince William County, Virginia with six felonies and likely faces charges in other area jurisdictions.

Serial Rapist Expands to Include Billboards and Website

From Fairfax County Police Department:

Today, the FBI, with Fairfax County, Prince William County, Prince George’s County, Leesburg, New Haven, and Cranston Police Departments launched a digital billboard campaign to assist in a serial rape investigation involving 12 sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults between 1997 and 2009 by the same offender.  Each of these assaults is linked by DNA.

Two Men Charged With Robbing Freedom High School Students

Two Men Charged With Robbing Freedom High School Students

From Loudoun Sheriff:

Loudoun Woman Charged in $50 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Extradited From Turkey

Loudoun Woman Charged in $50 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme Extradited From Turkey

From Loudoun Sheriff:

LEESBURG, VA – An Ashburn woman who fled the United States after being indicted in July 2009 for a mortgage fraud scheme has been extradited from Turkey, completing a years-long effort by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Office of the Attorney General to bring her to justice, the offices announced at a news conference this morning.   

Diane H. Frederick Atari, 43, is charged with fraudulently fixing her clients' credit and inflating their incomes on financial records to qualify them for homes they could not afford.  Atari is alleged to have personally netted in excess of $1 million from the scheme, with the total loss on the fraudulently obtained mortgages estimated at over $50 million.  She will be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30 PM in Loudoun County Circuit Court.  

Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Route 7

From Loudoun Sheriff:

Two Wanted in Sterling Robbery and Shooting Still At Large

Two Wanted in Sterling Robbery and Shooting Still At Large

From Loudoun Sheriff:

Loudoun County, VA:  Two of the four people wanted in connection with a botched home invasion robbery last week that left one man dead and another injured are still at large.  The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating the pair.  
  
Samuel Thomas Eaton, 27, is wanted for Robbery, Burglary While Armed and Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.  Whitney Lasik, 24, is wanted for being an Accessory After the Fact and Obstruction of Justice.  
  
The two are believed to be together.  Despite earlier reports that they might be en route to North Carolina, it is now believed that they are still in the area.  Eaton should be considered armed and dangerous.  
  
Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0445.

Underage Alcohol Operation Nets Five Charges

Underage Alcohol Operation Nets Five Charges

From Loudoun Sheriff: