Butt Slasher from Fairfax County arrested in Peru

Pimentel - The accused serial butt slasher. Photo courtesy of Fairfax Police Department

Fairfax County, Virginia “butt slasher” arrested and to be prosecuted for malicious wounding.   The man suspected of attacking women by slashing their buttocks in the Fairfax County last year has been arrested in Lima, Peru.

Fairfax County police issued a news release that the accused “butt slasher”, Johnny D. Guillen Pimentel, was arrested Monday and transported by U.S. Marshals to Fairfax County  on Tuesday.

Pimentel – The wanted “butt slasher” has been charged with six counts of malicious wounding, two counts of attempted malicious wounding and one count of forging a public document.  If convicted of every charge he could be sentenced by the Fairfax Circuit Court to 150 years in prison.

In nine separate incidents, young women in Fairfax reported that a man had slashed their clothing as they shopped. One woman reported that she felt a pinch and thought that a hanger had snagged her.  According to Fairfax criminal defense lawyer Alex Gordon, each count of malicious wounding is a Class Three Felony and can be punished by a sentence between five years nor more than 20 years and a fine of not more than $100,000.  Each Count of attempted Malicious Wounding can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.

Malicious Wounding is defined in Virginia Code Section 18.2-51.  It punishes an individual if they maliciously shoot, stab, cut, or wound any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill.   If such act be done unlawfully, but not maliciously, with the intent aforesaid, the offender shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

Police convened a task force to find and stop the man responsible. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Guillen in September 2011.

He is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center which is connected to the Fairfax County Courthouse and across the street from The Gordon Law Firm.


NTSB Recommends All States Require Ignition Interlock for DUI Offenders

Recently, in July 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia made it mandatory that all those convicted of a DUI, even first time offenders, have an ignition interlock installed in their cars. An ignition interlock device has to be blown into before the car ignition will switch on. If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is more than the allowed amount (which is usually over .02%) the car will not start, the sample will be logged and the car’s alarm will turn on until the keys are removed from ignition. On top of having to exhale every time you want to start your car, the driver is also required to breathe into the device at random times after the car has been started. The device comes with a $60 monthly maintenance fee and $60 installation price. If you can’t afford the price of installation, the companies that manufacture the IIDs will pay for the cost.

Now, the National Transportation Board is recommending that all states make it mandatory for all DUI offenders to have a device placed in their car. Currently only 17 states have laws that require it in exchange for a restricted license. A study conducted by the NTSB has shown that out of 32,000 yearly deaths on the highway, about a third of those are caused by drunk drivers. More so, 69% of drivers involved in wrong-way fatalities had an above the legal limit of alcohol in their system at the time of the crash.

Many suggestions were bounced around at the recent meeting of the NTSB; the five-person board has suggested better lighting on highways, enhanced roadway signs and markings, and an in-car GPS that warns the driver if they are driving down the wrong side of a road. New technology is being developed to curb drunk driving in addition to the IID. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety will utilize breath and touch sensors to analyze the level of alcohol in someone’s system.

Though the opposition argues this is a costly law, the pro-IID party says that it will be much less costly than the price of an accident or fatality.

If you find yourself or someone you know facing DWI charges in Fairfax, Prince William or Loudoun County, give The Gordon Law Firm a call at 703-218-8416 or toll-free at 1-800-591-NOVA (6682) to speak to an attorney today for your free consultation.


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VA Crime Commission Will Consider Endorsement of Tougher Penalties for Texting While Driving

On December 5th, 2012, the Virginia State Commission on Crime will hear arguments and review facts to decide whether or not give it’s endorsement to a proposal to make texting while driving a part of Reckless Driving §46.2-852. States surrounding Virginia have already taken measures to make texting while driving a primary offense, that can result in $25 – $500 worth of fines. However, Virginia still only treats texting while driving as a secondary offense, which means it is only ticketed if it is committed while a primary act was observed as being comimtted at the same time.

Virginia statute § 46.2-1078.1 states that it is unlawful for a driver to manually enter multiple numbers or letters on a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle unless lawfully stopped alongside a road or in a parking lot. It is also illegal to read any sort of written communication on a handheld device while driving. The past fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2012, saw 511 texting while driving charges issued and 414 convictions. The Virginia Department of Transportation started gathering information this year on texting related accidents, provided from police issued accident reports. They found that 63 fatalities, injuries and crashes were due to the driver texting while driving, and a large number involved drivers between the ages of 21 to 30.

While the possible VSCC endorsement of tougher penalties for texting while driving does not mean any tougher laws will come to pass, a proposal backed by the VSCC carries a good deal of weight with state legislators.

If you or a loved one has been issued a citation for texting while driving, or have suffered an injury due to negligence of another driver, call The Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation at 703-218-8416 or toll-free at 1-800-591-NOVA.

Narcy Novack found guilty of husband’s and mother-in-law’s killings

Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale,as well as her brother Cristobal Veliz of New York City were both found guilty of charges including domestic violence, stalking, witness tampering and money laundering.

Both were charged of racketeering, but the charges were acquitted. The charge would have carried a mandatory life sentence. They still could face life in prison when they are sentenced early November.

Novack and Veliz both orchestrated the beatings and killings of Novack’s husband, Ben Novack Jr. and mother in law in order for Novak to inherit her husband’s multimillion dollar family estate.

The prosecutors said Veliz and Novack both were motivated by “jealousy, retribution, and greed” when they hired hit-men to carry out the killings.

The defense tried to blame Novack’s daughter, whose sons will now inherit Ben Novack’s estate.

The multimillion-dollar family estate was passed down from Ben Novack Jr.’s father who had built the Fontainbleau hotel in Miami Beach, where celebrities would hang out in the 1950’s and 60’s. The hotel also appeared in movies such as “Goldfinger” and “Scarface.”

The hit-men that Veliz and Novack hired did testify and explained that Veliz was the one who hired them and that they were given specific instructions on how Ben Novack Jr. and his mother would be beaten and killed.

During their testimony, they told jurors how they were instructed to slash Novack Jr.’s eyes with a utility knife, as well as bash 86-year-old Bernice Novack in the teeth with a plumber’s wrench.

There were other witnesses such as Ben Novack’s mistress who told jurors that his wife tried to buy her off and said, “If she couldn’t have him, no other woman was going to have him.”

Photographs of the crime scene were also presented in court.

Defense attorneys brought up May Abad who was the daughter of Mrs. Novack and claimed she was framing her mother in order for her son’s to inherit the family estate. Abad denied any involvement and she faces no charges.

Both Novack and Veliz are still waiting for their sentence that will be given November 1st, 2012.



Father pleads guilty after driving intoxicated with children strapped to the car

Aaron Stefanski, 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana has pleaded guilty to four charges after driving intoxicated with his children strapped to the hood of the car.

Stefanski was arrested back in May after a neighbor called 911 saying he saw Stefanski strapping the children, 4 and 7, to the hood of the car with a tow strap and then drive off.

The officers said Stefanski had told them that he thought the children would enjoy the ride and that he was only going to drive around the corner.

Stefanski accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors this past Monday pleading guilty to child neglect and drunken driving charges. He faces six months to three years in prison on each of the four felony counts.

He is being sentenced on August 3rd.

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