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Police: Va. woman cut man in face with knife

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a Virginia woman who they say cut a man in the face with a knife.

It happened at a residence located in the 13100 block of Minnieville Road on Tuesday night in Woodbridge.

The victim, a 48-year-old man of Woodbridge, told police that he and Francesca Marquita Jackson, 31, also of Woodbridge, were involved in a verbal argument which escalated.

During the encounter, Jackson grabbed a knife and cut the victim on his face, police say.

Jackson has been charged with malicious wounding.

FOUND: 41-year-old man from Woodbridge

UPDATE: This missing person has been located safe and unharmed.


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police need your help finding a missing endangered man.

Forty-one-year-old Antonio Lashon Merrick is believed to have left his residence located in the 2400 block of Battery Hill Circle early Monday morning around 12:35 a.m.

Antonio Lashon Merrick is described as a black male, 5'11" tall, 204 pounds with a shaved head and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Police: Man stuffed toilet paper in woman's mouth during assault

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police say a man who was wanted for a domestic assault has turned himself in.

Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Cantrell Lee turned himself into police on June 15 after officers obtained warrants for his arrest following an assault on June 12.

The 35-year-old victim told police that she was involved in a verbal altercation with Lee that escalated. Police say Lee assaulted the victim and prevented her from leaving the residence, located in the 1700 block of Pine Shadows Way.

At one point, police say Lee stuffed toilet paper into the victim's mouth. The victim was eventually able to leave the home and contact police. She sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Lee is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, strangulation, abduction, and domestic assault & battery.



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Man arrested for assaulting 20-year-old woman

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man has been arrested for assaulting a 20-year-old woman in Prince William County.

Police say they were called to a residence in the 13400 block of Pinetree Drive in Woodbridge on June 11 around 4 p.m. to investigate an assault. A caller reported to police that they witnessed a man engaged in a verbal altercation with a woman.

During the encounter, the man assaulted the woman and, at one point, forcibly dragged her into the residence, police say. Officers arrived and made contact with both parties, who were known to each other.

The victim sustained minor injuries.

Following the investigation, the man, identified as 25-year-old Timothy Stanford Carpenter, was arrested without further incident. He faces charges of abduction and assault and battery.

FOUND: 66-year-old woman from Va.

LAKE RIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police say a missing endangered woman has been found safe.


Police say Donna Ruth Adams, 66, was missing from her home in the 3400 block of Caledonia Circle in Lake Ridge. Family members believe Adams left her home Tuesday morning around 7 to walk her two dogs.

Donna Ruth Adams is described as a white female, 66 years old, 5'10" tall, 220 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Her dogs are described as a white & black border collie and an orange & white hound.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.

Fire chars three homes in Prince William County

GAINESVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County fire and rescue officials are on scene at a two alarm fire in Gainesville, Va.

The fire has spread to three homes. There are no reported injuries.

We'll update as more information becomes available.