Was there a rape and murder in the middle of the street on Cabbel Drive in Manassas Park last Wednesday? I just got a very disturbing call from someone who had heard from a friend that there was. The story goes that five hispanic males were raping a girl in the middle of the street, and one of the local residents went out to help her. That resident was reported to have been beaten to death by the suspects. No mention of this incident has been reported in the local paper.
Recently there have been a number of other incidents which I have heard about which also haven’t made the papers, which is similarly disturbing. If information concerning violent crimes is being witheld from the public for some reason, that needs to stop immediately. The public has a right to know about what’s happening in our community, regardless of who looks bad as a result.
I’ll be following up on this. If you have information on this or other violent crimes which are not being reported in the local papers, please let me know.
UPDATE: The Manassas Park Police Department refused to respond to a Freedom of Information Act Request, citing Virginia Code Section 2.2-3706 (B) which pertains to ongoing criminal investigations, which would seem to confirm that there was in fact some sort of crime at that location on or about June 13th. But why wouldn’t they even want to acknowledge that they are investigating a what may be a murder? Aren’t they interested in finding additional witnesses?
UPDATE 2: I’ve learned that the man who came to the assistance of the rape victim was transported to Prince William Hospital and survived the attack. At least there’s some good news coming out of this tragedy.
UPDATE 3: The blog Am I Illegal.com has a podcast up which contains an interview with me as well as an article on this incident.
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