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JUST IN: Alexandria man arrested after alleged carjacking of DASH bus in the West End

An Alexandria man was arrested after allegedly carjacking a DASH bus on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 (via Google Maps)

(Updated at 4:40 p.m.) An Alexandria man is being held without bond after allegedly carjacking a DASH bus in the West End last Thursday night.

Lorenzo Johnson, 33, was arrested after allegedly carjacking the bus near the intersection of Duke Street and Quaker Road. The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. No weapons were used and no one was injured in the incident, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

“Police immediately responded to the area to find the vehicle (the bus) stopped after hitting one vehicle in the roadway,” APD said in a release.

DASH said in a statement that the bus in question was out of service at the time of the carjacking.

“At the time of the incident, the vehicle was unoccupied and had no passengers on board,” Josh Baker, General Manager and CEO of the Alexandria Transit Company said in the statement.

Johnson was charged with grand larceny auto, drunk in public, driving while intoxicated, accident hit and run property damage, and other traffic offenses. He goes to court on March 28.

On February 9, Johnson was also arrested for allegedly trespassing and being drunk in public, and goes to court for those offenses on March 10.

Baker said in the statement:

One of our DASH employees was the victim of the theft of a DASH bus while on an authorized break. The vehicle was out of service and had no passengers on board. Our driver acted swiftly to notify authorities and was able to overpower the perpetrator, safely stopping the vehicle after a minor collision without any injuries or further property damage. We are grateful and proud of his heroic actions ensuring there were no injuries as a result of this crime.

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