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Father charged in death of 3-month-old son


HAYMARKET, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have charged a man with murder and felony child abuse for the death of his three-month-old son.

David Michael Schmidt, 28, called police on August 5, 2013 to report that his son, identified as Rhys Schmidt, was not breathing. Rhys died on August 17 as a result of the injuries.

Police say the child was flown to an area hospital where it was discovered that he had sustained injuries consistent with being shaken.

Schmidt was arrested on May 1 following an extensive investigation into the child's death.

He is being held without bond.


Woman assaults police officer while holding 5 year old


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police say a woman holding a 5-year-old girl assaulted a police officer responding to a domestic disturbance in Prince William County.

Police were called to the 11800 block of Critton Circle in Woodbridge, Va. on April 29 for the report of a domestic disturbance. Following an investigation, police say 38-year-old Believe Amponsah, of the 11800 block of Critton Circle, became aggressive towards officers as they attempted to arrest a member of her family.

Police say Amponsah pushed and grabbed an officer while holding the victim, a 5-year-old girl. Officers completed the arrest of the family member and later obtained warrants for Amponsah. She was arrested without incident and faces charges of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS RAISES $8,000 for BLACK BOX THEATRE PROJECT in ALEXANDRIA, VA.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS RAISES $8,000 for BLACK BOX THEATRE PROJECT in ALEXANDRIA, VA.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) raised $8,000 at their second Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their Black  Box Theatre project in Alexandria, Va. MSA is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the concert at the George Washington National Memorial in Alexandria, Va., hosted by FOX 5’s anchor, Annie Yu.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping our dance companies get closer to our goal of building our Black Box Theatre,” said Melissa Dobbs, presidents of the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria and Lorton, Va.

Robbery suspect calls out to police for help


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say tried to rob a 23-year-old woman at an ATM.

Andrew Marcus Armstrong, 22, of Woodbridge, has been charged with attempted armed robbery and use of a firearm in a commission of a felony.

Police say the victim reported that a suspect, armed with a handgun, approached her from behind while she was using an ATM at the Bank of America located at 4191 Dale Blvd.

While police were searching a nearby wooded area, an officer heard a male voice calling out for help.

Police say they found Armstrong, later identified as the suspect, lying on the ground complaining of a leg injury. We're told he discarded his outer clothing and the handgun used in the robbery.

2 arrested in pepper spray vs. pellet gun fight


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police say two people were arrested after a fight involving pepper spray and a pellet gun.

On April 21, police were called to the 4800 block of Kempair Drive to investigate a fight with weapons.

Investigation revealed that 30-year-old Jeffrey Gelabert and 20-year-old Ciera Berry were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical, according to police.

Police say that Gelabert pepper sprayed Berry and two other victims, a 26-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman. Berry then took out a pellet gun, which police say she portrayed as a handgun. We're told a physical struggle ensued and the pellet gun was taken away from Berry, who then contacted police.

Police: Man sexually assaulted 5-year-old girl


WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl and recorded the assault.

Twenty-three-year-old Renardo Lamont Offord Jr. has been charged with forcible sodomy, taking indecent liberties with a child, and manufacturing child pornography.

Police say Offord sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl at his residence in Woodbridge on April 18 and recorded it.

Offord is being held without bond.

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Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg

Police: Woman with knife bit victim's leg


MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a woman who they say bit another woman's leg and pushed a police officer.

Bonnie Lu Jackson, 42, of Manassas, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, assault & battery on a LEO, and domestic assault & battery.

On April 19 at 12:51 a.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Castle Road to investigate a domestic disturbance. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported that she and Jackson were involved in a verbal altercation that had escalated, according to police.

Police say that Jackson assaulted the victim and bit her leg. At some time during the altercation, Jackson grabbed a knife and charged towards the victim. Another person was able to separate the two women.