Assault with a pigeon leads to arrest in Fairfax

Laurie Weaver

Laurie Weaver
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It happened Tuesday morning at the Social Security Administration offices on Waples Mill Road in Fairfax.

Fairfax County police say a woman had been yelling at office employees. When a security guard approached her, the woman hit the guard in the head with her fanny pack. The guard then escorted her outside where she threatened him with a knife.

Officers arrested 56-year-old Laurie Weaver of New York and searched her fanny pack. Inside, they found a small pigeon.

Weaver was charged with attempted unlawful wounding. The bird, who appeared to be unharmed, was taken to an animal shelter. There, police say, the bird will remain until “after the investigation is complete” – apparently considered to be evidence in the case. Then it will be allowed to fly the coop.



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.