Man arrested after rampage that led to Va. crash and left 10 injured appears in court

Brandon Stefon Vinson (Fairfax County Police Department)

The man charged with causing a horrific crash after going on a rampage from Hyattsville to Herndon made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Brandon Stefon Vinson, 28, of Adelphi, Maryland, is facing multiple felony charges, police said Thursday.

Police say Vinson started his crime spree in Centreville on December 27 after randomly knocking on a door in the 6100 block of Early Autumn Drive last Wednesday evening. When a young girl answered the door, Vinson punched her and then drove off in a stolen car. Neighbors are still horrified.

Police say Vinson then crashed into a pickup truck, picked a fight with the driver and stole a trailer.

The Fairfax County Police Department reports that as officers were responding to the scene where the child was assaulted, officers spotted Vinson fleeing in the stolen truck and the pursuit started.

During the course of the chase, authorities say Vinson ran a red light and crashed into a van with seven passengers. One of the juvenile passengers in the van was ejected and taken to a hospital with critical injuries, according to authorities.

The chase ended at the intersection of Centerville Road and Frying Pan Road with Vinson fleeing the scene on foot, police say. Two officers chased Vinson down who reportedly assaulted one of them as they were arresting him, according to authorities.

Officials say 10 people were injured during the course of the incident — the girl who was punched, the seven passengers who were all injured and initially taken to a hospital and the two officers, one of whom was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Vinson was also hospitalized in the crash.

On Thursday afternoon, Vinson was charged with carjacking, speed to elude, two assaults on police officers and receiving stolen property. He is also facing additional charges.

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