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Va. grocery store murder remains unsolved

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Crime Solvers of Prince William County are still looking for the three men who shot two women, killing one of them, at a grocery store in Woodbridge in February.

Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero died from her injuries when three males with their faces covered who walked into Platanillos Grocery and Jewelry located at 14342 Jefferson Davis Highway on Feb. 21 and fired guns.

Surveillance video captured the nine seconds it took the males to run into the store, shoot the two women and run out (www.youtube.com/watch?v=i07VFaj8RL8).

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Trial dates set for day care workers in abuse case

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Trial dates have been set for two women indicted on charges of abusing toddlers at the Minnieland Academy Daycare in Woodbridge, Va.

According to the Commonwealth's Attorney for Prince William County, the trial for Kierra Nicole Spriggs is scheduled for September 22. The trial for co-defendant Sarah Jordan is scheduled for October 20. Both will be jury trials.

The indictments on both women include roughly 100 counts including several counts of felony child abuse, assault and battery, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, officials said.


The felony charges stem from alleged abuse of three toddlers in an eight month period. The former caretakers could face additional charges involving more children.

2 wanted for snatching purse in parking lot

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County Police are looking for two young men they say stole a purse from a woman at her car on Tuesday night.

Police say officers responded to the 2700 block of Potomac Mills Cir in Woodbridge at 9:30 p.m. to talk to a victim of a robbery. The woman told officers that she was walking to her vehicle in a parking lot just outside the JC Penney's when two men walked up behind her. The men grabbed her purse and ran off with it.

The woman was not hurt, according to police.

Police: Burglary suspect ran through glass door to get away

DUMFRIES, Va. (WUSA9) – Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say ran through a sliding glass door while trying to escape after a burglary.

Mike Lewis Watson, 28, has been charged with burglary, attempted burglary, destruction of property, and possession of a schedule I or II narcotic.

On April 14 around 5:30 a.m., police responded to a home in the 16100 block of Taconic Circle in Dumfries to investigate a burlgary in progress.

Upon arrival, police say they located a man standing on top of a fence a few homes away. The suspect jumped from the fence, ran through the backyard, and smashed through the rear sliding glass door to the residence, according to police.

Once inside, police say the man ran through the residence and smashed through a front window of the home before fleeing on foot.

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:



In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Va. man accused of raping 15-year-old girl

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

Jose Roberto Castillo, 39, of Woodbridge, has been charged with two counts of rap and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

On April 2, police were called to investigate a sexual assault at a residence located in the 14700 block of Birchdale Ave. Investigation revealed that Castillo sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on more than one occasion between January and February 2012, according to police.

Castillo is being held without bond. His court date is unavailable at this time.