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Naked Photo Extortion, Bean Vandalism: Stafford Crime Report

Patch logo Patch 11/29/2021 Liam Griffin
The Stafford County Sheriff's Office provided a number of updates about crimes that were reported over the holiday weekend. Reported crimes included a bean-based vandalism charge, multiple DUI charges, and an extortion attempt. © Shutterstock The Stafford County Sheriff's Office provided a number of updates about crimes that were reported over the holiday weekend. Reported crimes included a bean-based vandalism charge, multiple DUI charges, and an extortion attempt.

STAFFORD COUNTY, VA — Several crimes were reported around Stafford County during the Thanksgiving weekend. Noteworthy crimes included an instance of bean-based vandalism at a local inn and an extortion attempt.

The extortion was originally reported to authorities on Nov. 25, according to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. An adult victim told police that he began communicating with a person over social media.

"The suspect convinced the victim to use WhatsApp to send an unclothed photo of himself," the sheriff's office said. "Within seconds of sending the illicit photo, the victim received a screenshot back listing several of his social media platforms."

The suspect then threatened to send the photo to the victim's social media contacts unless he agreed to pay a ransom. Authorities did not say whether or not the victim paid the ransom. Authorities are still investigating the incident.

On Friday, Nov. 26, the sheriff's office received a report of a disturbance at the Red Roof Inn on Warrenton Road. A manager at the inn told police that a guest had thrown something through a window, shattering the glass.

A deputy spoke to the room's occupant, who initially claimed that someone had thrown an item from the outside of the room to cause damage. "We didn’t need to contact CSI: Miami to point out the shattered glass was on the outside of the room, indicating the item was thrown from the inside," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook. "The explanation changed several times, but finally the guest offered he had accidentally thrown a can of food at the window."

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The occupant of the room, who police identified as a 53-year-old man from Woodbridge, was charged with vandalism and released on a summons.

On Saturday, the sheriff's office made two DUI-related arrests, authorities said. Around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, deputies responded to a report of a hit and run in a parking lot on Garrisonville Road.

"The victim’s unoccupied silver Kia Optima had been struck so hard, it was pushed onto the curbing," the sheriff's office said. "A witness described the fleeing vehicle as a black Mercedes SUV. The witness was kind enough to provide the suspect vehicle registration as well."

Deputies said they found the suspect vehicle at the registered owner's address in a nearby subdivision. Authorities claimed that the suspect vehicle had minor damage to a bumper, and the driver "had glassy eyes, was unsteady on her feet and smelled of an alcoholic beverage."

The sheriff's office noted that a child was in the vehicle with the driver during the crash. The driver, a 52-year-old woman, was charged with DUI, hit and run, refusal, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was held until sober at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Around 9 p.m. on Saturday, deputies in Stafford received a report of an intoxicated driver in the 100 block of Cambridge Street. A deputy located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, authorities said.

The deputy claimed that they could smell an alcoholic beverage, and the driver had bloodshot eyes. The deputy also saw a child in a car seat in the vehicle, according to the report from the sheriff's office.

The driver, a 32-year-old woman, was arrested after the deputy administered field sobriety tests. The child was turned over to their father, authorities said.

Authorities claimed that the driver tried to pull away from deputies during the arrest and kicked the window of a patrol car. The driver was charged with a DUI second offense within five year, obstruction of justice, and child neglect. She was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

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