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Weekly Top Stories: Sex Assault in Burke, Serial Groper, Business Openings and Drunk Driving Accident

Here are the top Patch stories of the past week in and around your area.

Teenager Reports Sex Assault on Lake Braddock Drive in Burke

Sexual Assault, 8900 block of Lake Braddock Drive, 3/11/13, 3 p.m. A 15-year-old reported she was walking when someone approached from behind and touched her inappropriately. The helicopter, a K-9 team, and several officers searched for the suspect, but he was not located.

Woman Charged in Drunk Driving Accident on Interstate 66

Some questions remain around the drunk driving accident Monday on I-66 that sent five people — including a Fairfax County police officer and two young children — to the hospital.

Patch initially reported the alleged drunk driver was carrying two young boys in her vehicle — both of them her sons.

Police said Tuesday afternoon they have not confirmed if the two boys were in fact the driver's sons.

Belle View Safeway Re-Opens Friday

The Belle View Safeway will re-open on Friday morning.

The store will reopen after being closed for the past six months for renovations, including an expansion of the store. 

This is the second expansion that the store has undergone since Safeway acquired the store from another grocer in August 1984 as a 28,000 square foot facility, according to a news release from Safeway. The previous expansion occurred in 1997, enlarging the interior to 39,888 square feet.

Police Investigate Possible 22nd Assault in Serial Groper Attacks

The Fairfax County Police Department is currently investigating another incident that may be related to the series of assaults that have been happening mainly in the Springfield area since early September 2012.

In the latest incident, a 32-year-old woman reported that a man grabbed her from behind around 7 p.m. Tuesday while she was placing luggage into the trunk of her car in the 6400 block of Franconia Court, according to a FCPD news release. When the victim turned around, the man fled.

Read more: More Than 200 Pack Serial Groper Meeting Thursday Night in Springfield

Sub Shop Owner Linked to Explosion

New details have emerged in last month's explosion at the Sub Shop in Lorton. A suspect, 25-year-old Horace Thompson, is being held without bond, and has been declared by Fairfax County Police as an "associate" of Sub Shop owner Lawrence Reese. Additionally, police have executed a search warrant on a vehicle belonging to Reese. 

Reese and Thompson were both injured by the blast, which came from inside the sandwich shop, located at 9504 Richmond Hwy., at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

G-Mart International Foods to Open in Mount Vernon

G-Mart International Foods will be opening in the storefront previously occupied by the Bottom Dollar Foods in the Woodlawn Shopping Center.

A banner on the storefront reads "G-Mart International Foods Coming Soon." The shop is located at 8750 Richmond Hwy. in Mount Vernon.

Meet Alexandra Soper, the 22-Year-Old Owner of Clifton's "All That Glitters"

Alexandra Soper just came back from New York with a suitcase full of vintage jewelry and accessories. Business is growing at her Clifton boutique, All That Glitters, since the 22-year-old bought it a year ago from the previous owner.  

"Clifton is perfect for a ladies day out," said Soper to Patch. "You go out and get a crepe and coffee and then go shopping. And trust me - I'm going to help you look amazing."

Injured Officer Long 'Junior' V. Dinh Remains Hospitalized Two Weeks After Head-on Crash

Fairfax County police have released the name of the police officer from the Mason District station who was injured in a fatal head-on crash on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Officer Long "Junior" V. Dinh, remains hospitalized after suffering severe injuries in last month's crash. A car struck his police cruiser after police responded to a domestic call in the 4800 block of Tapestry Drive. Police attempted to speak to a man leaving the address at the time, but later drove away when police asked him to step out of his vehicle. Police pursued the man on Little River Turnpike and it was while Dinh was sitting in his cruiser in the westbound lanes that 40-year-old Cicero I. Limberea, who was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes, struck the police cruiser head-on. Limberea died at the scene.

 The man who led state and local law enforcement officers on a car chase Sunday morning before crashing near Sugarland Run has been connected with a series of burglaries including ones in Chantilly.

Victor T. Ellis, 25, of the Hybla Valley area in Fairfax County, now faces charges on three counts of burglary, one count of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, one count of credit card larceny and one count of credit card fraud, according to a press release from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

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