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Update: Fairfax Police Charge Gainesville Man in Death of Manassas Teen

The teen was found Friday in a car crashed near Chain Bridge Road.

 A 22-year-old Gainesville man is in custody in connection with the Friday death of a Manassas teen near Vienna, according to a release issued by Fairfax County Police on Saturday evening.

Johnny E. Bonilla of Catharpin Valley Drive was arrested at 4 p.m. Saturday at his home by U.S. Marshals assisted by police from Prince William and Fairfax Counties.

Bonilla is charged with murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Zavier O. Stringfellow of Gales Court in the Manassas area, police said. 

Investigators said the victim and the suspect didn't know each prior to Friday but had agreed to meet up that evening.

When they did meet, there was a struggle and the victim was stabbed, according to police reports.

A Fairfax Police officer responding for a rescue found Stringfellow's body inside a wrecked vehicle that had crashed into a barrier on a service road near Chain Bridge Road and Glengyle Drive, not far from Vienna, police said.

The officer later found evidence suggesting that Stringfellow hadn't succumb to injuries suffered in the crash.

The medical examiner’s office later ruled the death a homicide caused by severe head trauma, according to a information released earlier by Fairfax Police.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. Callers need not reveal their identity.

SLW January 01, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Bonilla is being protected by them if anything it is for the sake of Stringfellow. The FEDS had a federal warrant that is the reason why US Marshals assisted!
Free Johnny January 02, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Don't believe anything the media says. Zavier is a piece of scum and probably got what he deserved. I know Johnny and he would never do anything like this unprovoked.
C Smith January 02, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Zavier was a great kid. Full of promises. He will be missed.
andrelle mosley January 02, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Zavier was a great kid. He did well in school and in college. It would appear that the scum was the one that had the knife. And what college did he attend?
www January 12, 2013 at 03:12 AM
HEY Free Johnny u sound very tough through a computer screen

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