Police Blotter for Jan. 3: Springfield hotel rapes; Customs takes cash at Dulles

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Woodbridge man charged with robbery, rape

A Woodbridge man has been arrested after being accused of raping two women at a Springfield hotel.

Joshua T. Franklin, 24, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of forcible rape, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The alleged incident happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Extended Stay America hotel, located at 6800 Metropolitan Center Drive.

Franklin arranged to meet the women, ages 18 and 25, through an online service. Once at the hotel, he allegedly produced a gun, raped the women and ordered them to engage in other sex acts. Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said Franklin also allegedly took cash and other personal items from both women.

Thousands in currency seized at Dulles this week

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized thousands in unreported currency from two men at Washington Dulles International Airport this week, officials said.

Over the New Year's holiday, a Cameroonian man arrived on a flight from Ethiopia and reported that he had 4,000 euros in his possession. But when officers searched his luggage, they found 12,000 euros and $430 in American currency, according to CBP officials.

CBP seized the euros, worth about $16,000, but returned the $430 to the man for humanitarian relief.

Then an Ethiopian man arrived at Dulles from his native country and initially reported that he had $2,000 in his possession. But officials said that when officers finished inspecting his luggage, they found $29,012, plus 4,987 Ethiopian birr and 50 Saudi Arabian riyals.

Officers seized the U.S. currency but returned the foreign currency, worth about $286, for humanitarian relief.

There's no limit as to how much money travelers can import or export, but federal law requires travelers to report amounts that exceed $10,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency.

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Naomi Jagoda

Staff reporter
The Washington Examiner