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West End murder suspect charged with burglary, both shooting victims innocent bystanders

The two men shot to death Saturday morning (July 16) were innocent bystanders of a botched burglary, and a suspect is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

The victims — identified as construction workers Adrian Dejesus Rivera Guzman, 48, and 24-year-old Juan Carlos Anaya Hernandez — were both shot and killed. The shooting and burglary incidents occurred at the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex in the 100-to-200 blocks of Century Drive.

Francis Deonte Rose, 27, no fixed address, was arrested and charged with statutory burglary, destruction of property. Additional charges are pending, police said.

“The victims were innocent bystanders to the whole situation,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow. “While we’re keeping an open mind currently, we believe that there’s no threat to the public, and that we have suspects in this incident accounted for.”

Police were called at 7:28 a.m. for a report of a burglary at 150 Century Drive, followed by a call for shots fired at 8:53 a.m. and then another burglary call at 9:10 a.m.

The first caller told police that their door was kicked in by the suspect, and Rose is suspected of breaking into “multiple” apartments, police said.

The incidents are the fifth and sixth homicides in Alexandria this year.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Detective Stephen Riley at 703-746-6225. Callers can remain anonymous.

Below is a recording of Alexandria police radio traffic during the July 16 incident.

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