New Year’s Eve Murder Suspect Arrested


Franconia Police District – A 23-year-old man has been arrested for the New Year’s Eve murder in the 9500 block of Unity Lane in Lorton.

Residential surveillance footage from the neighborhood identified several individuals seen before and after the fatal shooting of Nahom Beyene, 42, of Lorton. Detectives conducted interviews throughout the weekend. Last night, Robert William Peters Jr. of Woodbridge turned himself into detectives. Peters and Beyene were known to each other, and this was not a random act. Peters was taken to the Adult Detention Center, and detectives obtained warrants for second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was held without bond. The firearm has not been recovered at this time.

We are asking anyone with information regarding these incidents to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.   

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance. 

Join us on Neighbors by Ring. A place where you can connect with your neighbors, see what’s happening in your neighborhood and share any available surveillance footage with our department.

For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @FairfaxCountyPD.

(Original release published on Jan. 1, 2023)

Homicide Investigation Underway in Lorton

Franconia Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes, Cyber and Forensics Bureau are actively investigating a homicide that occurred last night in the 9500 block of Unity Lane in Lorton. Officers were called around 7:32 p.m. for a man who had been shot at this location. Officers arrived on scene and discovered Nahom Beyene, 42, of Lorton, in the threshold of the doorway with trauma to the upper body. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel declared Beyene deceased at the scene.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy in the coming days to determine the cause and manner of death. Detectives continue to conduct interviews, collect video surveillance and process evidence recovered from the scene.

We are asking anyone with information regarding these incidents to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.   

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance. 

Join us on Neighbors by Ring. A place where you can connect with your neighbors, see what’s happening in your neighborhood and share any available surveillance footage with our department.

For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @FairfaxCountyPD.

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