PRINCE WILLIAM POLICE NEWS BEAT: Out on bail for one week, David Melara invaded Pizza Hut with a knife to fix his own dinner
MANASSAS, VA. – Prince William County Police report that a man who was already on violation of the conditions of his release invaded Pizza Hut with a knife.
On November 12, 2022, at 11:01 PM, officers responded to the Pizza Hut located at 8263 Shoppers Square in Manassas to investigate a robbery.
The investigation revealed the accused walked into the store and past the service counter towards the kitchen area. While in the kitchen, the accused retrieved food items from the freezer and began cooking them before lifting up his shirt and revealing a knife to an employee. The accused then took the unpaid food items and left the business. While in the parking lot, the accused brandished the knife towards another employee who attempted to confront the accused. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 and helicopter assistance from Fairfax County police searched the area for the accused who was not located. The accused was known to the employees. Following the investigation, officers obtained arrest warrants for the accused, identified as David Obed MELARA who was located and taken into custody without incident the next day.
Arrested on November 13:
David Obed MELARA, 22, of 189 Old Centreville Rd. in Manassas Park Charged with robbery
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
Virginia Court records show that on November 3, 2022, Melara was charged with violating the terms of a release and then was released. Court records show several other incidents of violating pre-trial conditions, disorderly conduct in a hospital, impeding the flow of traffic, petty larceny, trespass, and all-around failure to do good,