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Call for investigation on recent rise in violent crime in Prince William Co.

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Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors
WOODBRIDGE, Va. -

The chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors has delivered a directive to the county executive and police chief to investigate what he says is a recent uptick in violent crime.

Corey Stewart says he wants to know if gang violence, drug activity or other trends are responsible. In February and March alone, there have been a number of sexual assaults, a bank robbery, and malicious wounding incidents from Nokesville to Manassas.

Stewart says he is most concerned about the double shooting that resulted in a death at a grocery and jewelry store along the Route 1 corridor and a brawl at the Potomac Mills Mall. He says the store murder was execution-style and looks as if it could be gang-related.

Stewart says the violence in recent weeks seems to be reversing a longstanding 50 percent drop in violent crime in the county since 2007.

He also wants to add money to the budget for 200 more police officers.

A spokesperson for the county police department says police don't know a motive yet for the brutal robbery that left a young mother dead.

The spokesperson also says the police chief would not say the county is under-policed, but if offered more cops, he would take them.


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