Just after midnight on Dec. 21, Alexandria Police received a 911 call from a city resident saying that she could hear a woman screaming for help in the 2200 block of N. Van Dorn Street in the West End.
The woman in distress allegedly pulled out a knife when approached by police, and was then commanded to drop it. An officer used a TASER on the woman and she was placed in handcuffs, according to a search warrant affidavit.
A witness told police that “he saw the female either fall or get thrown out of a vehicle,” according to the affidavit. “(The woman) was admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with multiple injuries, to include a severe dislocation of her elbow. This injury was so severe that (her) arm was subsequently amputated at Alexandria Hospital.”
Police soon found inconsistencies in an interview with a man who later identified himself as the woman’s boyfriend. Shortly after the incident occurred, the man arrived at the hospital to check on the victim and said that he did so at the behest of her worried mother.
The man later told police that he had a romantic relationship with the woman, that she’d been in the United States for only a year and had no family in the city. He said that before her encounter with police she was out with a male friend he only knew as “G-Man”, and that he only found out about her injuries after receiving a worried call from her mother. He then said that he decided to check into area hospitals in the off chance that she had been admitted.
The man’s story fell apart — namely that he hadn’t seen the woman since her supposed dinner with G-Man — when he revealed to police that he was in possession of the woman’s cell phone. Police then seized the woman’s phone.
The man, who has not been charged with any crime in relation to this incident, then “admitted that he was lying about what happened,” according to police.
The man then told police that the woman showed up at his business, and started acting erratically and screaming. He then said that he was able to get her into his car and that she continued acting erratically and pulled over three-and-a-half miles later. He said that she then got out of the car and ran toward the Exxon station at Kenmore Avenue, which is near to where she was found by police.
The man then told police that he parked his car in a nearby shopping center and went looking for the woman. When he got back to his car he found it was being towed and showed police a tow receipt that had the time of 12:34 a.m. stamped on it.
“I found this significant because the initial 911 call came in at 12:04 a.m.,” police noted in the affidavit. “Therefore, if (the man) was indeed out looking for (the woman) and returned to his car to find it being towed, there was no way he wouldn’t have seen the massive police response to the area of (2200) North Van Dorn Street. It should be noted that approximately 12 Alexandria Police Units responded to the 911 call.”