Suspect Arrested in Friday's Suspicious Death

Gainesville man charged with murder after man found dead in car in Vienna.

A Gainesville man was charged Saturday in the apparent murder of a man found dead in a car Friday off Chain Bridge Road in Vienna.

Johnny E. Bonilla, 22, of Gainesville, was located at his home around 4 p.m. Saturday by the U.S. Marshals Service and Prince William County and Fairfax County police officers. He was charged with murder.

Police said in a statement Saturday night they believe Bonilla and the 19-year-old victim, Zavier O. Stringfellow, 19, of the Manassas area, had planned to meet up Friday night.

They met, police said, but there was allegedly a struggle during which Stringfellow was stabbed.

Officers found Stringfellow dead around 7 p.m. Friday in a car on an access road off of Chain Bridge Road near Glengyle Drive.

Police said it does not appear Bonilla and Stringfellow knew each other before the incident. 

For more on the crash, click here.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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UPDATED: Body Found in Car off Chain Bridge Road

Police: Man Found in Car Died of Upper Body Wound

Blatant_Truth January 02, 2013 at 07:52 PM
transactions like this can be done peacefully. my opinion, they both had bad intentions. one was selling, the other one was buying. only difference is that one had worst intentions. if the transaction wouldve gone as planned, this wouldnt even be an issue. but you are right, and i also apologize for getting a little rowdy and rude. what i fear the most is that this kid zavier was influenced in to robbing johnny, because apparently there were 2 others with him. idk, but like you said, only god, johnny and zavier know what happened. and the 2 other guys. again, my bad for getting all brusque about this.
Carol Lewis January 02, 2013 at 11:21 PM
duzzy, I'm not a Patch editor and I can't block anyone. If you object to any posts you can click on the "flag as inappropriate" link and the editors will review the post and take it down if they feel that it should come down. Personally, I'm saddened to see such disrespect for someone who died tragically and for someone who's life is basically ruined at a young age. Those who have reliable information about the case should go to the police; those that don't should show more respect in their postings. But then, as one poster said, I'm just an old lady! (Not bitter though).
Erica R. Hendry January 03, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Ol head, your comment was deleted for violating our comment policy, specifically, the use of profanity. Feel free to repost a comment without using profanity. Thanks Erica
Erica R. Hendry January 03, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Blatant Truth, I deleted another comment for profanity (putting stars in words don't keep them off the radar). Please adhere to our comment policy or I'll have to shut the thread down. Thanks Erica
Free Johnny January 03, 2013 at 10:54 PM


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