ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

A woman was assaulted outside the Firehook Bakery at 430 S. Washington Street, Sept. 1, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

(Updated 4:50 p.m.) It’s been a busy week in Alexandria, with police arresting a suspect in an attempted abduction and on the hunt for a driver after a hit-and-run.

The driver of a yellow Penske truck struck a 15-year-old boy in the Braddock neighborhood earlier this week and nearly ran over several other children at the nearby George Washington Middle School. Javone Scott, the juvenile struck by the truck, spoke to ABC7 yesterday and said he was running away when the truck hit him from behind.

The truck was later found abandoned on the Eisenhower Connector shortly after, but no suspect has been found.

Police also made an arrest in an attempted abduction case. On Sept. 1, a 30-year-old woman flagged down an Alexandria Police Department officer and said she was the victim of an attempted abduction and assault, according to the police scanner. Xavier Cooper, 34, was arrested on Sept. 29 and charged with abduction with intent to defile.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. JUST IN: Police make arrest in alleged attempted abduction in Old Town (8880 views)
  2. NEW: HRP proposes designs inspired by iconic New York building for former power plant in Old Town North (4882 views)
  3. Alexandria moves up in Best Small City rankings (4351 views)
  4. City Council to consider removing panhandling restrictions in Alexandria (4063 views)
  5. Foxfire Grill near Alexandria is permanently closing on Halloween (3562 views)
  6. POLICE: Juvenile pedestrian struck and hospitalized in Braddock hit-and-run (3448 views)
  7. Notes: Experts divided over chances of snow this winter in Alexandria (3253 views)
  8. ‘Banned Book’ reading event planned in Old Town this Wednesday (2669 views)
  9. Alexandria staff break down behind-the-scenes limits of massive zoning overhaul (2344 views)
  10. Notes: Police say witnesses helped detain driver after car chase in Old Town (1620 views)