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Student caught carrying pellet gun near Va. school

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Woodbridge high schooler was caught with a pellet gun near Lake Ridge Middle School on Monday, Prince William County police said.

At 2:41 in the afternoon, police responded to Lake Ridge Middle School located at 12350 Mohican Rd in Woodbridge to the report of someone with a gun near the school.

The person, a student atWoodbridge Senior High School, had walked out of a nearby wooded area during a fire drill carrying the pellet gun, police said.

School staff had already detained the student before police arrived.

"No injuries were reported and the pellet gun was never pointed towards the school, students or staff," police said.

Va. youth pastor accused of sexting girl

HAYMARKET, Va. (WUSA9) -- A youth pastor at a Virginia church sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, Prince William County police said.

On August 20, a youth pastor at Park Valley Church located at 4500 Waverly Farm Drive used cell phone app KIK to send sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, police said.

The pastor has been identified as Vincent Gunnar Bowes, 22, of North Carolina.

No physical contact was made between the two, according to police. When church staff found out about what happened, they told police.

Bowes is charged with attempted indecent liberties with a minor and use of a communication device to facilitate certain offenses involving a minor.



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Customers choosing to pay their bills by mail or in-person, can continue to do so.

For those customers who register for e-billing now through Nov. 30, they will be automatically entered for a raffle to win an Ipod Nano.

DNA links suspect to Va. attempted abduction

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man has been arrested for an attempted abduction that happened in March after DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene, Prince William County police said.

Victor Alberto Serrano, 33, is accused of strangling a 34-year-old woman and trying to force her into the back seat of a car, according to police.

It happened on the night of March 20 at a parking lot in the area of Potomac Mills Circle and Nazarene Way in Woodbridge.

The victim told police that she was about to get in her car after work when an unknown man asked her for directions, police said.

Police: Man pushed woman off of motorcycle

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested Sunday for pushing a woman off of a motorcycle, Prince William County police said.

Tyrone Guy Williams II, 25, of Woodbridge was riding a motorcycle with a 20-year-old female acquaintance when they stopped in the area of West Longview Drive and Franklin Street, police said.

After an argument, Williams pushed the woman off of the motorcycle. She injured her wrist and head, police said.

Williams has been charged with malicious wounding and malicious bodily injury. He is being held without bond, according to police.

Men in ski masks, acquaintance rob man in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- After asking for help to get gas, a man was robbed by an acquaintance and two men in ski masks, according to Prince William County Police.

The robbery happened at an apartment in the 1300 block of Bayside Avenue in Woodbridge, say police. Sometime in the early morning, a 30-year-old man called an acquaintance to help him get gas. When the acquaintance arrived at the man's apartment at approximately 2:45 a.m., however, the acquaintance was armed with a handgun and had two masked men with him. Police say the men forcibly entered the home. One of the masked men had a machete while the other one had a bat.

The men and acquaintance got away with a safe.

Va. police investigate drowning of infant girl

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police in Prince William County are investigating the drowning death of a 20-month-old girl.

Officers responded to a residence on Ohio Avenue in Woodbridge Tuesday, where family members reported to police that the victim was found unresponsive in the home's pool.

The infant was pulled from the water and CPR was initiated before being transported to an area hospital where she died, police said.

Police say the child's family lost track of the girl and believed she was inside the home. Upon checking the home and outside area, the girl was discovered in the pool.

Police say preliminary investigation appears to be an accident.