A suspect has been arrested after a report that they brandished a firearm at another driver during a case of severe road rage.
According to the police report, the incident occurred at the intersection of Sanger Avenue and Derby Court at 2 p.m. today (Thursday).
“Alexandria Police investigated a report of one driver brandishing a weapon at another driver in the area of Sanger Avenue & Derby Court around 2:00 pm today,” the report said. “The incident stemmed from a road rage incident on N. Beauregard Street and the suspect was taken into custody.”
Alexandria Police senior public information officer Amanda Paga confirmed that the weapon in question was a firearm.
The altercation occurred just outside William Ramsay Elementary School and was unrelated to school activity, but police said the incident still resulted in school dismissal being delayed.
“Due to the proximity of the incident, dismissal at William Ramsay was delayed 15 minutes out of an abundance of caution,” police said. “There was never any threat to the school.”
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A 23-year-old Fairfax County man wounded after a shooting in a West End apartment complex is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail for being a violent felon in possession of a firearm.
Antwain Lee Williams was arrested on Tuesday, September 21, after being driven to Inova Alexandria Hospital by a neighbor. He was alert with police and claimed that he was shot in the head.
It is still not clear exactly how Williams was injured, police said. No one else has been arrested in connection to this incident.
“This remains an active investigation,” APD Senior Public Information Officer Amanda Paga told ALXnow.
The incident occurred at around 1 p.m., just in time for police to arrive and hear two men arguing before there were gunshots inside the apartment complex, according to a search warrant. Inside a first floor apartment where Williams was staying, police found blood, a black firearm, three bullet casings and a broken window.
Police suspect that Williams, who goes to court on October 25, fired a weapon.
When asked at the hospital who shot him, Williams told police that an unknown male walked up to him and shot him point blank in the head.
The incident occurred five years to the day that Williams was arrested for shooting a man in Pittsylvania County.
Anyone with information on the incident can call the police non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.
A man driving a Nissan Sentra with D.C. plates crashed into a light pole on Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria early Monday morning (October 4).
The incident occurred after 1 a.m. just outside of Casa Chirilagua at 4901 Mount Vernon Avenue. The crash smashed the Sentra’s windshield and caused its front and side airbags to deploy.
An ambulance arrived at the scene and the driver walked out unscathed. He was given a field sobriety test and arrested. The car was towed away at around 2:30 a.m. and the light pole was left on the sidewalk.
Multiple violent charges against a 25-year-old Fairfax County man have been dismissed in court, although the man remains in the Alexandria jail without bond after allegedly assaulting police during his arrest.
The suspect was arrested on July 27 for carjacking, assault and battery, brandishing a firearm and and assaulting police.
The victim reported to police that the suspect pointed a gun at her head, pistol-whipped her with a handgun and forced his way into her car at Armistead L. Boothe Park in the Cameron Station neighborhood, according to a search warrant. There was also a male passenger in the car with the victim, and both of them told police that they bailed out of the car a short time later.
The female victim also told police that the suspect also stole $400 in cash. The handgun allegedly used in the incident was discarded in a back yard in the 200 block of Medlock Lane, and it was later found by a resident and turned in to police, according to the affidavit.
The suspect was arrested less than a mile away outside the 7-Eleven at 30 S. Reynolds Street. He was later positively identified by the female victim.
Alexandria Police are reporting double-digit increases in burglary and drunk driving arrests so far this year.
In an update to the Health and Safety Coordinating Committee, police reported a 35% increase in driving while intoxicated arrests (136 incidents) — as of August 2021.
The DWI arrests were expected, police said, “as COVID-19 restrictions have lightened and nightlife activities expanded their hours and operation this year.”
There has also been a a 63% increase in burglaries, with 135 reported arrests over the 83 at this point in 2020.
“While the rate has slowed from the pace through April, this increase is driven by an increase in Commercial Burglaries due to Asian restaurants being targeted early in the calendar year, a Fairfax County-based juvenile crew heavily targeting Northern Virginia in March through May, stealing currency from registers, and residential burglaries,” police reported.
The theft of vehicle parts also jumped 49%, and the theft of car parts valued at over $1,000 (mostly tires, catalytic converters and airbags) jumped 106%.
There have been 127 aggravated assaults so far this year, down from 136 at this point in 2020; eight rapes reported this year, down from 11 in 2020; and 65 robberies in 2021, up from 63 in 2020.
There have been no homicides so far this year, while there was one homicide by this point in 2020 (three total in 2020) and one homicide in 2019 (two overall for that year).
The latest report on crime statistics from @AlexandriaVAPD was presented at last week’s Health & Safety Coordinating Committee.
Great partnership between our Police and our community in reducing auto thefts.
Still work to do on burglaries, both commercial and residential. pic.twitter.com/TM1AF6Y97r
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) September 7, 2021
What an interesting week in Alexandria. Here’s the rundown.
World champion sprinter Noah Lyles brought home his bronze medal from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. In a frank, TED Talk-like speech at Alexandria City High School, Lyles talked about the importance of mental health as he struggled to perform at the games.
“A lot of people will look at the Olympics this year like something was different with the athletes,” said Lyles. “Well, it was a lot of difference because we had so much weight that we had to hold onto — about two years. I was no different.”
On the COVID-19 front, while the transmission level remains high in Alexandria, this week the city tied with Arlington for the lowest seven-day positivity rate in Virginia. Large outdoor public events are still happening, too, and on Monday, a vast majority of local elected officials and candidates converged for the Alexandria Democratic Committee’s annual Labor Day Picnic, which included an appearance by gubernatorial candidate, former Governor Terry McAuliffe.
- Alexandria Police say string of 7-Eleven robberies are connected
- West End trail project derailed by stalled development
- Mural Mania: Check out these three new murals in Old Town
- Mudhouse Coffee buys building in Old Town
- Man arrested for spending spree after finding wallet in Bradlee Shopping Center parking lot
- COVID-19 Update: Alexandria ties with Arlington for lowest seven-day positivity rate in Virginia
- BREAKING: Pedestrian critically injured in Old Town car crash
- Mark Center development plans head to Planning Commission this week
- Alexandria Police union calls out years of executive mismanagement
- JUST IN: Suspects arrested after allegedly firing shots at Alexandria Police
- BREAKING: Video shows brawl at Alexandria City High School cafeteria just two days after school starts
- Mayor outlines upcoming plastic bag tax plans
- Village Brauhaus aims for rooftop expansion
- No injuries or arrests after shots fired in Old Town Sunday night
- Most expensive homes sold in Alexandria in August
Have a safe weekend!
Two men have been arrested after shooting at police from a vehicle at police in the Hume Springs neighborhood early Wednesday morning.
The identities of the suspects — 18-year-old Alexandria resident and 20-year-old non-city resident — have not yet been released, but they have been charged with shooting missiles at an occupied vehicle, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and illegal possession of a firearm.
“Uniformed Officers were on patrol and began to investigate a suspicious event involving a vehicle, at which time one of the occupants of the vehicle fired multiple rounds at the officers,” Alexandria Police said in a statement.
The incident occurred at around 1 a.m. in the area of W. Reed Avenue and Edison Street, which is near Four Mile Run Park in Arlandria.
“Officers immediately initiated a high-risk traffic stop and the occupants were taken into custody without incident. A weapon was recovered,” police said. “There were no injuries reported.”
The investigation remains open, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Trevor Griffin at 703.859.3271 or email [email protected]. Callers can remain anonymous.
Notification:: There is a heavy police presence in the area of Reed Avenue and Edison Street as APD is responding to a 'shot fired' call for service in the area. No injuries to report. Suspects are in custody, evidence was recovered. pic.twitter.com/76O6m9M62H
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) September 8, 2021
Police assist in chase Friday night — “There is a heavy police presence in the area of North Latham Street and Taney Avenue due to a Virginia State Police pursuit that originated from out of the city. APD assisted and suspects have been taken into custody for non-violent offense(s).” [Twitter]
Alexandria Library eliminates fines for overdue items — “Here’s some great news for library patrons. Alexandria Library has decided to eliminate fines for overdue items. What is the reason for the change?” [Zebra]
DASH bus eliminates fares — “The changes come as part of the city’s broader Alexandria Transit Vision Plan and after City Council approved the elimination of bus fares in its FY2022 budget. The aim of these changes is to expand the services’ accessibility for residents, particularly low-income residents and residents of color, who need and use this aspect of the city’s transit network.” [Alex Times]
Today’s weather — “Sun and a few passing clouds. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 85F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph… Mostly clear skies. Low 62F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]
New job: Security officer — “Securitas plays an essential role for our clients and in society. TheSecurity Officer position helps maintain a safe and secure environment for our clients by actively monitoring the premises, including patrolling a variety of locations.” [Indeed]
A 26-year-old Alexandria man was arrested earlier this month for brandishing a firearm and domestic assault and battery.
The suspect was arrested at his job, a restaurant on the waterfront in Old Town on August 3. He was released the next day on bond.
On August 1, the suspect’s wife called police and said she feared her husband was waiting at home for her with a gun. She told them that she had recently ended things with him and that he was looking for her.
The victim told police that on July 29 at around 11 p.m., that she was ready to go out and was wearing something “flashy” that her husband didn’t like.
“At this point, she stated that she was sitting on the bed when (the suspect) physically asaulted her by pulling her hair and slapping her with an open hand,” police reported in a search warrant affidavit. “She reported he then retrieved a blue book bag from inside the closet.”
Police continued, “She explained that (the suspect) pointed this handgun to her temple and threatened to kill her,” police said. “(The victim) stated she was in fear of her life, she then unclothed herself in order to protect her life.”
The victim reported that her husband then raped her.
The suspect was arrested at his work, which is a restaurant on the waterfront in Old Town. He denied all of the charges, but said that he did, in fact, own a 9 mm handgun.
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.”
An Alexandria man was arrested on July 29 after shooting and killing his cat during an argument with his girlfriend in their Landmark area apartment.
Alexandria Police responded to a call for shots fired at an apartment in the 6000 block of Edsall Road at around 1:15 a.m. The suspect’s girlfriend said she and her boyfriend got into an argument while watching television. The woman said that she recently bought a handgun after a destruction of property incident, and that her boyfriend took the gun and shot a round at their bed in anger.
Their cat was lying underneath the bed at the time he allegedly fired the gun. The cat was shot and killed.
Police said that the suspect’s reaction was unusual.
“Due to (the suspect’s) intense crying and snot, it was hard to observe any signs of intoxication such as bloodshot or dilated eyes or slurred speech and make an accurate determination if (he) was under the influence of narcotics at the time,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.
The suspect has three prior felony convictions, according to police. He was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.