Police Arrest Suspect after DNA Hit

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 12/102/0178/sb/(2)
April 11, 2012


UPDATE: Police Arrest Suspect after DNA Hit

Bernell Gripper

            Mount Vernon Police District – Police arrested a 45-year-old man in connection with a burglary of an 82-year-old woman’s home in February 2012. After receiving information of a DNA hit, officers responded to the home of Bernell Gripper, 8111 Pine Lake Court, Alexandria around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11. Gripper was charged with abduction, robbery, burglary, and disabling a telephone line to prevent help.
            He was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.


Police Investigate Burglary in the Alexandria Area


            Mount Vernon Police District – Police are investigating a reported burglary of an 82-year-old woman’s home that occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, in the 8000 block of Russell Road. The woman was sitting in her bed watching television when her bedroom window was smashed out. As the woman went to the window she was surprised to find a man crawling inside.

            The suspect grabbed the woman and forced her into another room. He demanded money and the victim complied. The suspect disabled the home telephone and took a cell phone, along with the victim’s car keys. The suspect fled in the victim’s car, a 1989 gray Pontiac Firebird. Police recovered the car on the evening of Wednesday, February 22, in the Beacon Hill area. The victim did not require medical treatment.  

            Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.


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