Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A recently executed search warrant provided new details on the case.
(Editor's Note: In case you missed it, additional details have been revealed in the Feburary explosion at the Sub Shop in Lorton. Here's our story about the case from earlier this week.) New details have emerged in last month's explosion at the Sub Shop in Lorton. A suspect, 25-year-old Horace Thompson, is being held without bond, and has been declared by Fairfax County Police as an "associate" of Sub Shop owner Lawrence Reese. Additionally, police have executed a search warrant on a vehicle belonging to Reese. Reese and Thompson were both injured by the blast, which came from inside the sandwich shop, located at 9504 Richmond Hwy., at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Reese recently told WJLA that the incident was "to my knowledge…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Horace Thompson was arrested by Washington Metropolitan Police on Feb. 14, after his release from the Washington Burn Center.
A 25-year-old man is in custody for allegedly igniting an incendiary device at the Sub Shop in Lorton last week. Horace Thompson, 25, of no fixed address, was arrested by Washington Metropolitan Police on Feb. 14, after his release from the Washington Burn Center. He was arrested on a "Fugitive from Justice" warrant, and will be transferred to Fairfax County, where he will be served with warrants for arson of an occupied building and aggravated malicious wounding. Lawrence Reese, the owner of the Sub Shop, was inside at the time of the explosion, and suffered third degree burns. Read Reese's account of the incident here. The FBI, the Fairfax County Fire Marshal's office, Police and K9 units were at the scene, which is still under …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
He's a hard man to keep down.
Lawrence Reese, owner of The Sub Shop, was discharged Thursday from the Washington Burn Center, and the road to recovery will be long and painful. His faced is singed, and his arms, torso and legs are covered in third-degree burns and bandaged. On Wednesday morning, an incendiary device exploded inside of his business, with him also inside. "It happened so fast in front of me. It's unbelievable that this happened while I was there. This is serious," said Reese from his hospital room, to Patch. "I came in to open the store in my own jolly way. I propped my door open, and I had a phone call and I went in the back to get my dolly. I rolled the dolly out and was excited because the store was so brand new. Have you seen it? I just put the TV …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Police are looking for a suspect who left the scene on foot Wednesday morning.
Update: Wednesday, 7:51 p.m.: Lawrence Reese's body is covered in third degree burns, and he will be staying at the Washington Burn Center for an undetermined period. "I'm feeling down in the lowest dumps right now, the way I feel," said Reese, the owner of The Sub Shop. "I hope that I can get some energy, and I will. I'm going to be ok." Reese's wife, Lynnette, said that her husband did not see the suspect who allegedly threw the explosive in The Sub Shop, and that he has never wanted to hurt anyone. "He built his business from the ground-up," said Annette Reese. "I'm not ok, but he's going to be ok. He's hanging in there." ---- Update: 3:24 p.m.: Fairfax County Police say that "some sort of incendiary event" occurred at the Sub Shop at …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Patch wants to know what you think.
Reverberations from last week's school shooting in Connecticut are still being felt across the nation. The death of 20 children and six adults at the hands of a lone gunman has some reconsidering their stance on firearm usage in the United States and in the Commonwealth. The shooting has motivated Virginia Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) to reintroduce a bill that would close the Commonwealth's gun show loophole, which can allow people to buy firearms at gun shows without a background check. "It's tragic. I don't now whether I'm more angry or sad over it (the shooting)," said Howell. "I hope at this point we have reached a tipping point. One thing everyone agrees on is that access should be limited to keeping guns from mentally ill …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
But the storm was pretty tame otherwise...
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hundreds along Mason Neck remained without power Tuesday afternoon after Hurricane Sandy swept through Northern Virginia. As storms go, however, the impact was relatively light. Only a single point on the power lines along Gunston Road in Lorton was affected, and Mason Neck State Park is expected to open Wednesday morning. Many felt that July's "derecho" was more powerful and caused more damage. Brock Benson lives along Gunston Road in Mason Neck. "We lost power at around 10 p.m. on Monday," he said. "When we bought the house seven years ago it came with a generator, because the power always goes out around here. This storm was ok — not as harsh as the last one (the derecho). That last storm — a tree fell on our house. This time there …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Some businesses are doing surprisingly well.
Hot, isn't it? Well, since summer is generally regarded as a slow time for small businesses, Patch decided to venture out and ask: How does your business cope with the summer heat? We got some interesting answers: Maurice Clarke, owner of Escape Nails & Day Spa, spoke to Patch on a quick break: "The heat is a little bit of a complexity for my business, because we have to alter our heating and air conditioning with the volume of people that we have inside. Last month, our heating bill almost doubled. We pretty much have to take the hit until the heat subsides… The biggest challenge is maintaining the high quality of service. Heat makes employees tired and lethargic, and I tell them to keep hydrated. We give out bottled water and have a …
Friday, February 3, 2012
In the market for a firearm?
The Virginia State Senate is expected to lift the one-gun-per-month cap on handguns private citizens can buy monthly. “Now that we have background checks that we didn’t have [in 1993], one gun a month has outlived its purpose,” said bill sponsor Sen. Charles W. Carrico (R-Grayson) to the Washington Post. Patch asked Lorton residents what they thought about the issue: Lorton's Bill Stepp was at Caribou Coffee. "To me, this seems like an underhanded way to perpetuate the sale of weapons in Virginia, and then many of those weapons are sold on the black market in other states. It just gives you an idea of how ambiguous these laws are. It all boils down to the NRA [National Rifle Association] and what it can do for its members." Alvaro …
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Interesting pictures. Don't be shy - check em' out!
A carwash, a small family, a restaurant, a dancer and a fireworks stand - everyday sights in our modern lives in Northern Virginia. This week, Patch tried to capture a bit of Lorton life from each scene. Enjoy the photos! Know someone or something ready for its closeup?
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The best steak and cheese in town
The Sub Shop, 9504 Richmond Highway, is one of the best deals in town. There you'll find "Big" Lawrence Reese, a hulk of positive energy in an apron whose handshake is firm and conversation inviting. The restaurant opened on April 1. "Our prices are way below anyone in the area for good eatin'," said Reese. "We do a great fried chicken, a spectacular tuna, New York-style pizza and the best steak and cheese you ever ate." The menu of classic American food is great for those with light pockets. "You can get a ham sandwich, a bag of chips, a piece of cake and a drink for less than $10 - guaranteed," said Reese. "For breakfast, you'll have the best bacon and egg sandwich in the world. You'll lose your mind!" The shop is open from 8:00 a.m. to …