Sheriff's Deputies "Lock Up" Dozens for Fundraiser

Sheriff's deputies pretend to lock up Gary Walters at Fleming's restaurant.Fairfax County Sheriff's deputies "arrested" 43 men and women yesterday in Tyson's Corner and Mclean, Virginia. Rather than being taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, they were brought to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse on Chain Bridge Road where they posted bail money and were released.

These individuals were not your typical offenders. They are all business and community leaders who dedicated their time raising money for the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Deputies arrived at their workplaces where several played along, allowing deputies to handcuff them and bring them to the restaurant. Upon arrival, the MDA staff gave each of them a black and white striped jail outfit to wear before being photographed behind bars made of PVC piping.

"Thank you so much for coming out and taking the extra time for the event," said Anya Mclin, whose 4-year-old daughter Ava was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. "Ava is always thrilled to see law enforcement officers."

MDA set the bail at $4,000. MDA Fundraising Coordinator Melanie Mastin said that though some did not quite meet that goal, they raised $32,172 from this event. MDA holds lock up events throughout the year in different parts of the Washington metropolitan area.

Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders that progressively weakens skeletal muscles that help the body move. There are more than 40 genetic diseases associated with muscular dystrophy, and at this time there is no known cure.

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