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The Alexandria Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting in the Braddock neighborhood this weekend.

The shooting occurred on Saturday, Aug. 27, at approximately 8:21 p.m. in the 700 block of North Fayette Street, police said in a release.

“APD has arrested Tykeece Simms, 21, a City of Alexandria resident,” police said. “Simms is charged with malicious wounding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and unlawful discharge of a firearm. Simms is currently being held without bond at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.”

Police said the victim was a bystander shot in her lower extremity.

“The victim, a 38-year-old female, was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury and is expected to recover,” police said.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Detective John Brattelli via phone at 703-746-6699, via email at [email protected], or contact the non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Tips can be made anonymously.

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Two people were killed in the 200 block of Century Drive on Saturday, July 16 (staff photo by James Cullum)

After being arrested for suspected burglary, Francis Deonte Rose, 27, has officially been charged in connection with last month’s double homicide at a West End apartment complex.

Rose is charged with the murders of Adrian Dejesus Rivera Guzman and Juan Carlos Anaya Hernandez on Saturday, July 16, in the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex on the 100 block of Century Drive.

“Mr. Rose is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of firearm use in commission of a felony,” the City of Alexandria said in a release. “Mr. Rose was arrested on the day of the incident and continues to be held at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria.”

The victims were reportedly innocent bystanders of a botched robbery.

Rose was released from jail in Arlington earlier this year and allegedly broke into the same apartment complex three weeks before the murder.

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Great Waves Waterpark (image via NOVA Parks)

While August may traditionally be a bit of a local news drought, several aquatic stories made a splash this week.

A major thunderstorm hit on Wednesday, but power outages across the city were generally much briefer than in the wake of other storms.

NOVA Parks also included Cameron Run Regional Park in a look at planning for its sites over the next few years.

On the crime front, there were several car-related incidents this week including a man who was arrested after driving down the wrong side of the road toward police.

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A 29-year-old Arlington man faces a jury trial next month for allegedly robbing and assaulting his disabled ex-girlfriend in her West End apartment.

The suspect has been held without bond in the Alexandria jail since his arrest on February 8.

On February 1, a week before his arrest, the suspect allegedly forced his way into the woman’s apartment and removed her from her wheelchair, according to a search warrant affidavit. The incident occurred in an apartment in the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex in the 200 block of Century Place — the same apartment complex where two men were recently shot to death.

“(The suspect) forced his way into (the victim’s) apartment and then physically removed her from her wheelchair before continuing further inside the apartment,” police reported in a search warrant affidavit.

The suspect allegedly took:

  • The victim’s phone
  • A laptop
  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • An iPad

The suspect then allegedly withdrew $405.20 from an ATM with the victim’s debit card.

On February 8, Alexandria Police found out that the suspect was riding a DASH bus on a West End route — not far from where the incident occurred. Police stopped the bus at Landmark Mall, and arrested him.

The suspect goes to a jury trial on August 30 (Monday) and faces charges including abduction, statutory burglary, grand larceny and assault and battery.

The Alexandria Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is available 24/7 to listen and help at 703-746-4911.

“If you are a neighbor and know that an abusive incident is occurring, call the police immediately,” the city said. “Calling the police is simply the most effective way to protect the victim and children from immediate harm.”

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Virginia State Police (photo via Virginia State Police/Facebook)

Virginia State Police announced that Alexandria resident Derrick R. Adjei has been arrested and charged in both a homicide in Richmond and a police pursuit along I-95 that followed.

Adjei is charged with the murder of Kyle Stoner, a local artist and cook who was killed outside of City Dogs restaurant, WTVR reported.

Virginia State Police said in a release that around 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, a trooper observed Adjei’s Toyota 4Runner traveling north at around 101 mph.

“The trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop on Interstate 95 near the 127 mile marker in Spotsylvania County,” the release said. “The Toyota refused to stop and, instead, accelerated and sped away from the trooper. A pursuit was initiated and continued north through Stafford County and into Prince William County, with the Toyota passing vehicles on the shoulder and traveling in excess of 100 mph.”

Adjei tried to exit in Lorton and head toward Route 1, but most control of the vehicle and ran off the road, striking a utility pole and then a tree.

“The driver, Derrick R. Adjei, 24, of Alexandria, Va., was taken into custody,” the release said. “He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash. Adjei was then transported to Rappahannock Regional Jail. A firearm was recovered from the Toyota.”

Police said further investigation connected Adjei with Richmond police’s homicide investigation.

“State police charged Adjei with one felony count of eluding police and for reckless driving,” the release said. “Further investigation resulted in the state police making contact with the City of Richmond Police concerning that agency’s ongoing homicide investigation.”

Photo via Virginia State Police/Facebook

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Trulynd Hall (photo via Alexandria Sheriff’s Office)

The Alexandria Police Department announced that a local Taekwondo instructor has been arrested and charged with raping a juvenile victim.

“Trulynd Hall, 29, is suspected and charged with Rape – Victim Under 13,” police said in a release. “Mr. Hall is currently being held without bond in the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.”

According to Facebook, Trulynd Hall worked with Be Ryong Martial Arts in Arlandria at least as recently as 2019.

“While the preliminary investigation has not uncovered evidence of inappropriate contact with other children, we know Mr. Hall has instructed Taekwondo classes and possibly other youth programs throughout the Northern Virginia area,” police said. “We are asking if anyone has information related to this incident and/or if there is information leading to any other possible past inappropriate encounters with him to please contact APD Detective Jennifer Kay by phone at 703.746.6263, email at [email protected] or call our non-emergency number at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.”

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A 53-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond after a woman was abducted and repeatedly raped in a West End apartment.

The incident occurred on the evening of Thursday, May 12.

The woman told police that she met Gerald Dmitri Palmer in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. earlier that night, and then took a bus back to Palmer’s apartment in the unit block of South Van Dorn Street — near the intersection with Duke Street.

“The victim stated that they drank some chardonnay wine out of cans and were going to watch a movie, but Mr. Palmer turned on pornography and she became confused,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

The victim told police that she then tried to leave, but that Palmer then allegedly grabbed her and raped her. She told police that he forced her into his bedroom and tied her hands and feet with zip ties, and that he raped her “multiple times throughout the night,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

“While interviewing the victim, Detectives observed ligature marks on her wrists, consistent with being zip tied,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

On Friday morning, the victim reported that Palmer cut the zip ties to her hands from a pair of scissors in a dresser drawer, and then left the apartment. The victim said that she took those same scissors and cut the zip ties around her ankles. She told police that she found her shoes and a T-shirt to wear and then fled the apartment.

Police found Palmer nearby, and he told them that he knew the victim and that they had consensual sex, according to a search warrant. Palmer was arrested and charged with rape, abduction with intent to defile and strangulation resulting in injury. He goes to court on June 24.

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(Updated 11:30 a.m.) Three arrests have been made in an attempting carjacking in Potomac Yard on Friday that left one dead and another injured.

Police said that Jordan Poteat, an 18-year-old non-city resident, was shot and killed in the incident. Police initially said they believed the car owner shot the carjackers, though later claimed the investigation was ongoing.

“In connection with this incident, Mikell Morris, an 18-year-old non-city resident, and two juvenile males, both 15 years of age, have been charged with carjacking,” said Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett. “No further details on the juveniles are available.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Alexandria Police Department Detective Matthew Kramarik via phone at 703-746-6650, by email at [email protected], or by contacting the non-emergency line at 703 746 4444. Tips can be submitted anonymously.

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A Washington, D.C. man goes to court on Monday (May 16) for allegedly breaking down a door and pointing a gun at a woman’s head in her West End apartment.

The incident occurred on December 8, 2021, in a second floor apartment in the 100 block of S. Reynolds Street. The victim told police that she began to get a weird vibe after hanging out all day with the 26-year-old suspect, who she described as being a lifelong friend, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The couple left her apartment to get food at a nearby Popeyes restaurant, and, after returning home, the victim told police that she didn’t want him to come in after her, and put the suspect’s food and phone outside her apartment door. She also locked the door.

The victim said the suspect became enraged when he arrived at the apartment to find the door locked.

The suspect then allegedly broke down the door and entered the apartment, pointed a handgun at the victim’s neck and asked why she locked the door.

“She also advised me that he threatened to kill her,” police said in a search warrant affidavit. “When (the victim) put her hands up in a surrendering motion, (the suspect) turned around and swiped the food off the table. He then exited the apartment.”

Police found the door severely damaged and food scattered across the floor. The victim then phoned the suspect and put the call on speakerphone.

“She began arguing with him on speakerphone and I could hear him state that she should not have placed his Popeyes and cell phone on the ground outside her apartment,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

Police then called the same number, but the suspect allegedly told them he was not the man they were looking for and hung up the phone. Police then texted the number asking for a call-back to get the suspect’s side of the story.

Police then received a call from the suspect.

“The male called me back and stated he was not (the suspect), did not know anyone in Alexandria, was not in Alexandria, and did not wish to speak with me further without his lawyer on the phone,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

The suspect was arrested more than three months later, on March 14, 2022, and charged with brandishing a firearm, burglary, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The suspect is being held without bond in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. He goes goes before a grand jury on Monday, May 16, after which a trial date will be set.

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A woman was injured and an Alexandria man faces multiple charges after an violent domestic dispute in Old Town, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

APD was alerted of people fighting in an apartment in the 1400 block of Princess Street in Old Town at around 3:30 on May 3 (Monday). A 33-year-old female victim suffered a non-life threatening injury after being struck and was transported to the hospital, APD told ALXnow.

The 30-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after midnight on May 3 (Tuesday) and released that same day.

The suspect was charged with malicious wounding, domestic assault and battery, destruction of property worth less than $1,000, resisting arrest and intentionally damaging a phone line to prevent the summoning of law enforcement.

The malicious wounding charge is a felony, which carries the minimum penalty of five years in prison. The remaining charges are misdemeanors, each punishable by up to a year in jail and $2,500 fine.

The suspect goes to court on May 13.

The Alexandria Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is available 24/7 to listen and help at 703-746-4911.

“If you are a neighbor and know that an abusive incident is occurring, call the police immediately,” the city said. “Calling the police is simply the most effective way to protect the victim and children from immediate harm.”

Via Google Maps

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