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No bond for Fairfax County man arrested for West End shooting and allegedly eluding police

A 28-year-old Fairfax County man was arrested earlier this month for a Jan. 4 shooting incident and a number of other charges, including drug and gun possession and eluding police (via Google Maps)

A 28-year-old Fairfax County man wanted for a Jan. 4 shooting incident faces numerous charges after allegedly striking an Alexandria Police Department cruiser in the Landmark area earlier this month.

Police arrested Mengesha Mnat after a brief chase on April 3, after he allegedly pulled into the 7-Eleven parking lot at 6120 Lincolnia Road, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit. Police said Mnat parked facing the street and struck a police cruiser as APD approached his car to make an arrest.

Police tracked Mnat to an apartment complex less than a mile away near the intersection of Little River Turnpike and Southland Avenue. He was reportedly pursued by APD investigators and the K9 unit.

“Mr. Mnat parked the vehicle and fled on foot, (and) while running your affiant could observe Mr. Mnat manipulating his hands around his waistband,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

The following was recovered from the suspect’s “flight path”:

  • A loaded Glock handgun
  • 11.8 grams of suspected fentanyl, which field-tested positive
  • 5.8 grams of suspected cocaine
  • 1.5 pills of Oxycodone

Mnat is suspected in a Jan. 4 shooting incident in the 6100 block of Lincolnia Road. He was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place, resisting arrest, disregarding police commands to stop, assault on law enforcement, hit and run (property damage), possession of Schedule I/II drugs with a firearm, and possession to distribute Schedule I/II drugs.

Mnat goes to court on April 26.

Image via Google Maps

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