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Beltway crash in Alexandria (image via VDOT)

Parts of the Beltway were closed for hours overnight as Virginia State Police investigated a collision that left two people — who appeared to be pedestrians at the time — dead at the scene.

It was reported around 11:10 p.m. on the southbound (inner loop) local lanes of I-95 prior to Telegraph Road. This is at the edge of the Alexandria city limits. That is where officials found three vehicles that appeared to be involved.

Investigators are trying to determine the circumstances that led to the two persons being struck, either as pedestrians or possibly after they were ejected from an auto. State police said a Toyota Corolla stopped in the center lane where two men exited the car and then were struck by other vehicles, Patch reported.

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600 S. Pickett Street, site of shots fired in an attempted robbery, image via Google Maps

Alexandria police responded to the sounds of gunfire found a man shot early this morning.

The shooting happened during a suspected robbery just after 1 a.m. behind the shopping center in the 600 block of South Pickett Street in the Landmark area.

The victim was taken to a trauma center. He was last reported conscious and in stable condition.

Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said the victim was a 42-year-old male and there were multiple gunshots reported. No arrest has been made and suspect information is not available.

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Alexandria Police cruiser (file photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria had another heist involving eyeglass frames on Saturday. This time, it was at an optometrist on King Street at S. Saint Asaph Street.

Around 1:10 p.m., a group of three males arrived at the optometrist offices in Old Town Alexandria. At least one of them was armed with pepper spray when they entered the shop to steal the frames.

Police described the suspects’ getaway vehicle in radio broadcasts as a silver Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows and Virginia temporary tags.

The D.C. area has had a rash of eyeglass frame heists in the past couple of months. This was at least the second in Alexandria. The previous one was in the West End on January 20.

The thieves are believed to be targeting eyeglasses due to their relatively small size and high resale value.

 

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Update at 9 a.m. — Alexandria police said Duke Street has reopened in both directions of travel.

Rescue personnel are on scene of a multi-vehicle crash that sent at least three to trauma centers with serious injuries.

It was first reported around 11:50 p.m. on Duke Street at S. Quaker Lane. Firefighters reported three persons trapped in two different vehicles. A total of four or five vehicles were said to be involved.

The wreck has closed Duke Street for an extended period of time, for investigation and cleanup.

Fairfax County fire/EMS crews also responded to assist on the call.

Map via Google Maps

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Alexandria police are trying to determine what led to a bizarre attack last night during the frigid temps that left several persons injured including the perpetrator who was last reported in critical condition.

It started just before 10:50 p.m. in The Shops at Mark Center (1458 N Beauregard Street) on North Beauregard Street at Reading Avenue. That’s where police received calls for help reporting that a man with a hammer entered the CVS and attacked several employees before he headed for the nearby McDonald’s.

Police said on Twitter that a suspect was taken into custody, but early this morning police were still searching for witnesses and evidence. Fairfax County police sent the county’s helicopter and a k9 to assist with the search.

After briefly reviewing the surveillance video, police determined that the suspect appeared to be a man in his 30s wielding a hammer wearing a blue hoodie and gray shorts covered with blood. Officers found him in the 5800 block of Merton Court with a severe head injury.

In addition to the suspect, EMS crews responded to assist at least two others who had been injured in the melee.

The Fairfax County police helicopter “Fairfax 1” searched areas around The Shops at Mark Center for additional clues. Chart: adsbexchange.com
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Alexandria police are investigating after a woman was shot Sunday afternoon in the area of the 7-Eleven on South Reynolds Street at Duke Street.

Police acknowledged the shooting incident but have not yet commented on specifics. Initial details from witness reports and radio traffic suggest that the female victim had been struck by stray gunfire when gunmen opened fire around 3:20 p.m.

She was taken by private auto to the hospital before police arrived on scene. She was reported to be conscious and is expected to survive.

Police later stopped several suspects and are interviewing them to determine their involvement.

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S. Jordan Street 7-Eleven fire (Image courtesy Will Mahoney / @HeelWillMahoney)

A possible firebombing at a convenience store is under investigation.

Alexandria officials have not commented officially yet, but according to radio reports, investigators are looking for four to five men who threw Molotov cocktails into the 7-Eleven on S. Jordan Street at Duke Street around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

The fire caused significant fire and smoke damage to the store. Fire officials did say there were no injuries reported. Firefighters spent several hours on scene after extinguishing the blaze, which had spread into the ceiling.

Fire investigators remained at the store well into the evening.

Officials have been investigating similar fires at 7-Eleven stores in the D.C. area, mostly in Prince George’s County, during the past few months. The most recent was a fire reported early New Year’s Day in Forestville.

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Images courtesy Will Mahoney (@HeelWillMahoney)

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Location of the Foundry Apartments (via Google Maps)

Alexandria police officers responding to a domestic situation at a high-rise apartment building Monday night were confronted by a wanted man who allegedly attempted to run over officers as he made good his escape.

Police responded around 7 p.m. to the Foundry Apartments at 2470 Manderville Lane, a couple of blocks from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro station, after a woman called police and said she was concerned about her ex-boyfriend, who reportedly had a knife and broke her phone.

Once inside, officers reported that the man had taken off down the stairwell. Moments later, he hopped into a newer model Honda Pilot in which he used in an attempt to run over an officer who had arrived to assist, according to initial reports.

EMS personnel took the officer to the hospital, though the officer’s injuries were said to be non-life-threatening, according to APD.

Police are looking for the suspect and the black Honda Pilot with Maryland tags he was driving. It may have front-end damage and damage to the passenger-side door from trying to run over the officer.

According to one radio report, the man has an extensive rap sheet including several open warrants.

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(Updated 1:50 p.m.) Alexandria police officers responded to sounds of gunfire last night (Sunday) near the Braddock Road Metro found a man shot minutes later.

Residents who called police around 11:47 p.m. Sunday reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area of North West Street and Madison Street.

Police found the man a block away on North Fayette Street.  He was taken to George Washington University Hospital with a non-life threatening wound to the upper body.

Police are working on a suspect description for the shooter who fled the scene by auto.

This incident is currently under investigation. APD is asking anyone who may have information related to this case to contact APD Detective Matthew Kramarik via phone 703 746 6650 or email at [email protected], or call the non-emergency line at 703 746 4444.

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Alexandria police are investigating a possible home invasion robbery near Mark Center.

A woman reportedly told police she was tied up and robbed during an early morning home invasion on Saturday in the 1400 block of Catlin Lane. Police responded to her residence around 5:15 a.m. after she said she had been hog tied and robbed of her car and personal items by two men armed with a gun.

Detectives searched for clues and the suspects amid a large police presence in the area.

Via social media this morning police described the crime as a burglary, not a robbery, however.

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