HERNDON, Va. - A Maryland man accused of carjacking, assaulting a young child and two police officers while also causing major crash with another vehicle in Fairfax County is now in jail after being released from the hospital from injuries sustained in the collision, police say.
Brandon Vinson is now being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond. He is facing several felony charges that include carjacking, speed to elude, two assaults on police officers and receiving stolen property.
According to police, this all started last Wednesday when officers responded to a home in Centreville for a report of an assault on a child. When they arrived, officers learned Vinson had knocked on the door of the home and struck a young child who answered the door. He then fled the area in a car that was reported stolen in a carjacking the previous night in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Police say the 28-year-old suspect from Adelphi, Maryland, then crashed into a pickup truck at Stone Road and Lee Highway where he carjacked the driver of the truck and stole a trailer, which he then attached to the pickup truck.
Officers responding to the scene attempted to conduct a traffic stop of Vinson in the stolen truck, leading to a short pursuit that ended when police say he ran a red light and crashed into a minivan at the intersection of Centreville Road and Frying Pan Road in Herndon.
A driver and five children who were inside the minivan were all transported to the hospital.
One of the children was ejected from the minivan during the crash and remains in critical, but stable condition. The other four victims have been released from the hospital.
Vinson is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.