Police Warn About Scam in Hollin Hall
Man soliciting without a license is taking advantage of local residents, police say.
Fairfax County police are warning residents of Hollin Hall and surrounding neighborhoods about a man soliciting for odd jobs without a license and taking advantage of senior citizens.
Vernon Lewis Williams, 59, was charged Monday with soliciting without a license and felony obtaining money by false pretense, master police officer Greg Kottemann with the Mount Vernon District Station told local residents in an email. Williams was arrested after a concerned citizen called police.
Police say Williams, who is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, was going door-to-door soliciting odd jobs. He drives a 1994 Dodge with Virginia license plate number XEE-1929.
The felony charge stemmed from further investigation into another case in which Williams is accused of scamming a local resident.
Police say Williams is out of jail on bond and could return to the neighborhood. They are asking any residents whom Williams has approached for work, offered services to haul away items, trim or cut trees or do home improvements to contact police at 703-360-8400.
Kottemann said Williams has also been accused of dumping items and littering on private and public property, but police do not have probable cause to charge him with those offenses at the time.
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