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

The 27-year-old suspect in the July 16 double homicide incident at the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex allegedly broke into the same complex three weeks prior, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Francis Deonte Rose has only been charged with burglary for the June 25 incident, and has not been charged with the murders of construction workers Adrian Dejesus Rivera Guzman, 48, and 24-year-old Juan Carlos Anaya Hernandez.

The shooting occurred on the morning of July 16 at the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex in the 100-to-200 blocks of Century Drive, where the victims were working.

“Mr. Rose had a warrant for his arrest from an incident stemming from June 25 for burglary while armed and entering a structure to commit assault and battery,” APD spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow. “The June 25 incident occurred in the 100 block of Century Drive.”

Police made efforts to serve the warrant, but could not find the suspect prior to the July 16 incident, APD said.

Francis Rose’s mugshot in Arlington in 2020. (Via Arlington)

The victims were a father and son-in-law from El Salvador, according to NBC4. Guzman and Hernandez were “innocent bystanders to the whole situation,” police said.

Currently no charges have been announced in connection with the July 16 incident.

Rose was set to be tried for weapons and drug charges in Arlington earlier this year. Charges were dropped when it was ruled that police conducted an unconstitutional search prior to a 2020 arrest, leading to conflict between the Arlinton police union and the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehgghani-Tafti.

Outside Assembly Alexandria, July 20, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)
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Food was stolen from the the Dunkin’ restaurant at 3325 Richmond Highway on July 7, 2022. (Via Google Maps)

Alexandria Police are investigating an overnight burglary of the Dunkin’ restaurant at 3325 Richmond Highway in Potomac Yard.

The incident was one of at least three similar break-ins at Dunkin’ locations that occurred in the early morning of Thursday, July 7.

The Potomac Yard incident occurred at around 2 a.m. The suspects smashed the front door to gain entry and then stole food items, Alexandria Police said.

“Arlington County Police Department has assisted with this incident, by providing their K9 unit at the time the call for service was made,” APD told ALXnow. “Currently, no arrest have been made in connection with this incident.”

There were also burglaries at Dunkin’ locations in Fairfax County — in the 6800 block of Commerce Street in Springfield at around 3:45 p.m., and in the 1500 block of Belle View Boulevard at around 4:10 a.m.

It has not been confirmed that the break-ins were committed by the same suspects, and Fairfax County Police are also investigating the incidents.

Anyone with information on these cases can call the APD non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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Alexandria Police are investigating the theft of credit cards and other items belonging to employees at a number of shops in Old Town.

Red Barn Mercantile (1117 King Street), the AR Workshop Alexandria (1212 King Street) and Ms. Moxie’s Moon Shop (102 N. Fayette Street) were hit with theft over the weekend.

Employees at Red Barn Mercantile reported that three men stole their credit and debit cars from the back room, and the suspects then went shopping at Pentagon City Mall. One would-be customer allegedly distracted the employees while two suspects stole their cards.

AR Workshop Alexandria said that on Saturday, July 9, at around 4:30 p.m. an employee’s keys and wallet were taken from a back room, and that the employees credit cards were then used at several CVS stores. Staff said that the suspects are allegedly two men in their 30s who are repeat offenders.

“My employee was with campers in the front room and didn’t realize until 4:30 or so that her keys and wallet were taken from the back room,” the owner of AR Workshop Alexandria wrote in an email. “Her CCs (credit cards) were used at several CVS’.  She called APD and filed a police report over the phone.”

Between July 5 to July 12, there were eight larcenies involving commercial businesses across the city. There have been no arrests in connection to the Old Town incidents, according to Alexandria Police.

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A 23-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond for statutory burglary after being turned in to police by his mother.

The suspect was arrested on July 5 — two weeks after the incident.

Police initially responded to the 300 block of Manor Road for a report of a burglary at around 10 p.m. on June 19. Police found the suspect pushing a cart with stolen property, and the suspect “immediately ran” from police and left the property behind, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The suspect successfully eluded police.

The next day, June 20, the person who called 911 and told police that the suspect just walked out of the same apartment complex and got into a car, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police interviewed the suspect’s mother, who was shown surveillance video and positively identified her son as the suspect fleeing from police. She then gave police her son’s phone number, and said that he’d called her with that number within a day of the incident.

The suspect goes to court on July 29.

Via Google Maps

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Overall, Alexandria’s Part 1 crime rate is down 9% compared to 2020, but it’s still 8% higher than 2019, according to recently released figures.

Police released the city’s Part 1 crime statistics for 2021, as of Dec. 7, and included are the reported numbers of homicides, rapes, robberies, auto thefts, larcenies, burglaries and aggravated assaults.

There have been two homicides so far this year — a woman killed earlier this month and the stabbing death of a man in September. Both incidents occurred in the West End of the City.

Burglaries saw the biggest increase in number this year, with 39% more than in 2020 and 50% more than in 2019. Aggravated assaults increased 3% when compared to 2020, and 10% more than in 2019.

All other Part 1 crime has gone down. There have been 10 reported rapes so far this year, 16% less than in 2020 and 50% less than in 2019; Auto thefts have gone down 32% when compared to 2020, but just 5% more than in 2019; and with the holidays weeks away, larcenies are down 9% so far compared to last year, but 7% higher than in 2019.

The below numbers are not finalized and are subject to change.

Crime Type 2019 2020 2021
Homicide 2 3 2
Rape 20 12 10
Robbery 82 87 79
Aggravated Assault 196 208 215
Burglary 117 126 175
Larceny 2,093 2,473 2,244
Auto Theft 233 359 245
Total 2,743 3,268 2,970
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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.

Photo via Google Maps

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