Police in Fairfax County are investigating a violent incident caught on camera, seemingly showing a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy threatening a group of young men with a gun.
The man arguing with the men came out of a home, that according to public records, is owned by Karnig Ohannessian – a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment).
According to one of the young men in the video, they were at a friend’s house for a barbeque in Burke, Virginia when the incident occurred on June 11.
One of the men told WUSA9 that Ohannessian began yelling at them for being noisy and parking on the street outside of his home.
They say Ohannessian attacked them, they argued back, and Ohannessian went inside and retrieved a gun. That’s when one of the young men pulled out their phone and started to recording.
In the video, Ohannessian can be heard accusing the three of being drunk.
He orders them to leave the area, as one woman, believed to be his wife – tries to calm the situation.
A couple of days later, one of the men involved filed a complaint against Ohannessian.
Fairfax County Police investigated the incident, and brought Ohannessian into custody.
Ohannessian appeared before a magistrate judge, who decided not to issue an arrest warrant. He was released with no charges filed. A spokesperson with Fairfax County Police would not confirm Ohannessian’s involvement in the incident, but told WUSA9 the investigation is ongoing.
They intend to present additional evidence to the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney tomorrow, according to the spokesperson.
Ohannessian is the recipient of two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.
A spokesperson for the Navy confirmed Ohannessian’s employment but said they could not comment “at this time” when WUSA9 asked about the arrest.
WUSA9 did reach out to Ohannessian, but he did not respond to requests for comment at press time.
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