Would-be Intruder Strikes Again, Faces Adbuction Charge

A would-be intruder whose attack was thwarted by an unsuspecting, guitar-wielding Manassas resident back in October has struck again.

A would-be intruder whose attack was thwarted by an unsuspecting, guitar-weilding Manassas resident back in October has struck again.

John Marc Mayhew was arrested on Sunday, March 4, by police in Prince William County after an investigation by Manassas City Police led to a lookout for Mayhew, who was charged with driving under the influence, refusal and hit and run. Warrants on Mayhew for for breaking and entering, abduction, disorderly conduct, driving on a revoked operator’s license and reckless driving were also obtained.

It all began when Manassas City Police officers responded to the 10300 block of Floweree Lane on Sunday, March 4, around 8 p.m. to investigate a report regarding a male, now believed to be Mayhew,  that was acting very suspicious in the neighborhood.

A victim told officers that Mayhew, of 10304 Floweree Lane, asked him if he could enter his apartment in order to see if he could hear his own music from the neighbor’s apartment. The victim denied access to his apartment and Mayhew became verbally combative with him, including asking him to punch him in the face, according to police.

The victim attempted to go back in his own apartment when Mayhew kicked the door open. Mayhew eventually left the scene after neighbors came outside to investigate, police said.

According to Manassas City Police Sgt. Eddie Rivera, as officers were investigating the first offense on Sunday, a second victim and neighbor, identified as a female, informed them that Mayhew had also forced himself into her apartment.

She told police Mayhew was knocking on her front door and forcibly let himself into the residence after she opened the door. She also told police that she talked Mayhew into walking outside with her when he grabbed her and forced her back into the apartment. She said she was able to escape his grasped and tried to leave in her car, but he grabbed her and bear hugged her. She eventually managed to escape and leave the area in her car, when she flagged down an officer.

A third victim and neighbor told investigating officials that Mayhew had also attempted to enter his car. Mayhew again tried to hug the victim, who had denied him access to a car. 

Mayhew then entered his own car and left the area only after the third victim threatened him with physical retaliation, according to police.

A short time later, Mayhew was arrested in neighboring Prince William County. Warrants were obtained by Manassas City Police Officers for breaking and entering, abduction, disorderly conduct, driving on a revoked operator’s license and reckless driving. Mayhew was held at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center with no bond. His court date was set for April 12, 2012.

Mayhew was also arrested and charged in October after he attempted to enter another residence in Manassas, but was struck over the head with a guitar by the homeowner. Mayhew was held on $7,500 bail after the incident.

J.R. March 09, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Okay, let's see,... Here, we knowingly have a habitual law-breaker. A criminal with no remorse. Escalating his offenses at each opportunity. A proven menace to the safety of our community. He received a light sentence before...then was again... So, he just keeps getting bolder.... So, We have to ask our system of justice... Why isn't he, and all others like him, being put away, locked-up for the next 6 or 7 decades, so we can have just a little bit more peace and security in our neighborhoods. The Judge could do us all a real favor... and make an example of a much harsher penalty for his crimes.... Otherwise, we all may have to resort to handling these jerks with all of our own maximum resources... and guarantee our own self-protection.


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