A man rumored to be a child molester who frequently observes other people in the Crosspointe community near Fairfax Station appears to pose no danger to local residents, a Fairfax County police officer said Tuesday.
West Springfield District police Capt. Joe Hill said the “Crosspointe Creeper,” who has driven around the community and watched residents for more than two years, is not breaking any laws and that the case did not warrant hysteria. Allegations of child molestation were unsubstantiated, he said.
“None of that is true,” said Hill, speaking before a South County Federation meeting Tuesday at South County Secondary School in Lorton. “We ran his record. We know who this guy is. We’ve encountered him several times – folks call us, and we go out there and talk to him. He has no criminal record, never been accused of anything, has a government job – for all intents and purposes, a very upstanding citizen.
“He just has a quirk in that he likes to go into these neighborhoods with large homes, beautifully decorated for the holidays, and he likes to look at these homes.”
Hill said he had spoken with individuals spreading rumors that the man was a child molester and asked them to stop, and that he also spoke Tuesday with the man, who has agreed not to return to the community, in part for fear of his own personal safety. Neighborhood associations had expressed concerns about the man.
On another note, Hill said gang activity has decreased in Fairfax County due to education and enforcement initiatives. The remaining gang activity, he said, is centered on Little River Turnpike in the Annandale corridor.
“They don’t have a network anymore,” he said. “It’s been disrupted.”
While police continue to see graffiti, most of it is not gang-related, Hill said.
Community representatives also asked about a cold case involving a 2007 homicide, which Hill said is unlikely to be solved unless someone comes forward with new information.
The case involved a young man who testified against fellow MS-13 gang members in California and later moved to Northern Virginia for safety reasons. While here, he met with local MS-13 members, who are believed to have fatally shot him and left his body at an abandoned house on Lorton Road.
“I really don’t think, unless someone starts to talk, that we’re ever going to solve that case,” Hill said.
The case has been particularly hard to solve due to a lack of trace evidence, no witnesses willing to speak with police and a lack of an apparent connection between the victim and the assailant, he said.
Additionally, Hill said officers are actively writing traffic citations in the school zone in Laurel Hill and that the county attorney has issued an opinion that county officers can provide services and respond to incidents on any road in the county open to the public. He also said that police, in conjunction with other county agencies, are actively responding to complaints of overcrowded housing connected with transient workers and day laborers.
Also speaking at Tuesday was Fairfax County School Board member Dan Storck, who represents Mount Vernon District. Storck responded to questions and discussed an option that would exempt local students from their first-period class in exchange for taking an online course or otherwise fulfilling attendance requirements.
“I think it’s important for the health of our kids, and I think our kids could perform better,” Storck said.
In other business, the federation passed two land-use resolutions. The first resolution stated the federation did not oppose the establishment of a radio-control model aircraft park at the Lorton I-95 Landfill Complex. The second stated the federation’s opposition to the rezoning of Sparrowen LLC at 7209 Lockport Place in Lorton for industrial use.
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