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The big news over the weekend was the fatal shooting of a teen in a West End hotel room on Friday night.

A 17-year-old Arlington resident was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor after fatally shooting another 17-year-old in the Courtyard By Marriott Pentagon South (4641 Kenmore Avenue).

There were reportedly multiple juveniles in the room when the 17-year-old male victim was shot in the chest. The victim was transported to the hospital where they died.

The teen who allegedly shot the other teen was found two blocks away at 4800 Kenmore Avenue, according to dispatch recordings.

This is the first shooting death of 2023 in Alexandria. APD did not respond to requests for comment on this incident.

This incident remains under investigation and APD asks anyone with related information related to contact APD Detective Matthew Kramarik via at 703-746-6650 or by email at [email protected]. Callers can remain anonymous.

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5500 block of Ascot Court (image via Google Maps)

The Alexandria Police Department (APD) has officially upgraded a “suspicious death” investigation to a homicide and said the victim was a local teenager.

Police responded to a call for service at 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the 5500 block of Ascot Court.

“Responding officers located a male inside a building with trauma to the upper body,” APD said in a release. “Responding EMS attempted life-saving efforts, however, the male was pronounced dead at the scene.”

This is the seventh homicide in Alexandria this year.

The following press release was just published by the City of Alexandria:

The Medical Examiner has determined this to be a homicide and the victim has been identified as a 17 year old male City Resident.

APD is asking anyone who may have information related to this case to contact APD Detective Stephen Riley via phone at 703.746.6225, email at [email protected], or call our non-emergency line at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.

For Immediate Release: December 21, 2022

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that occurred Wednesday during the early morning hours in the 5500 Block of Ascot Court.

The initial call for service was received at approximately 5:35 a.m. on December 21, 2022. Responding officers located a male inside a building with trauma to the upper body. Responding EMS attempted life-saving efforts, however, the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. APD is asking anyone who may have information related to this case to contact APD Detective Stephen Riley via phone at 703.746.6225, email at [email protected], or call our non-emergency line at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.

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5500 block of Ascot Court (image via Google Maps)

A police investigation of a shooting early this morning in the West End has turned to a “suspicious death” investigation.

The Alexandria Police Department said the initial call for service was this morning (Wednesday) at 5:35 a.m. in the 5500 block of Ascot Court.

According to police:

The initial call for service was received at approximately 5:35 a.m. on December 21, 2022. Responding officers located a male inside a building with trauma to the upper body. Responding EMS attempted life-saving efforts, however, the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. APD is asking anyone who may have information related to this case to contact APD Detective Stephen Riley via phone at 703.746.6225, email at [email protected], or call our non-emergency line at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.

There have been six homicides in Alexandria this year. The most recent was a double murder two miles away when two construction workers were killed in an alleged burglary attempt.

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Updated at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1: A man fell to his death off a roof of an apartment building on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Mill Road and Dock Lane — at the four-story Carlyle Mill Apartments complex.

The man was identified as Rosalio Esquivel Ramirez, 29, of Hyattsville, Maryland.

The man was part of a work crew on the roof of a building when the incident occurred, APD spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow. Bassett did not confirm from which building the man fell.

“It’s believed he was working on the roof, where he fell off several stories,” Bassett said. “The preliminary investigation suggests that it was an accident.”

Bassett said that the man fell between four and five stories. He was declared dead en route to the hospital.

Police tweeted that there is a heavy police presence in the area, and that the incident is under investigation.

Via Google Maps

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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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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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The two men shot to death Saturday morning (July 16) were innocent bystanders of a botched burglary, and a suspect is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

The victims — identified as construction workers Adrian Dejesus Rivera Guzman, 48, and 24-year-old Juan Carlos Anaya Hernandez — were both shot in the head. The shooting and burglary incidents occurred at the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex in the 100-to-200 blocks of Century Drive.

Francis Deonte Rose, 27, no fixed address, was arrested and charged with statutory burglary, destruction of property. Additional charges are pending, police said.

“The victims were innocent bystanders to the whole situation,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow. “While we’re keeping an open mind currently, we believe that there’s no threat to the public, and that we have suspects in this incident accounted for.”

Police were called at 7:28 a.m. for a report of a burglary at 150 Century Drive, followed by a call for shots fired at 8:53 a.m. and then another burglary call at 9:10 a.m.

The first caller told police that their door was kicked in by the suspect, and Rose is suspected of breaking into “multiple” apartments, police said.

The incidents are the fifth and sixth homicides in Alexandria this year.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Detective Stephen Riley at 703-746-6225. Callers can remain anonymous.

Below is a recording of Alexandria police radio traffic during the July 16 incident.

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Updated at 1:40 p.m. Two people were shot to death in a burglary gone wrong in the West End on Saturday morning (July 16).

One person of interest is in custody, and police continue to investigate multiple crime scenes at an apartment complex in Century Drive.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

The shooting and burglary incidents occurred at the Assembly of Alexandria apartment complex in the 100-to-200 blocks of Century Drive. The identities of the victims and their relationships with each other have not yet been released.

Police received the call for shots fired at around 7:30 a.m.

“The first victim was found dead when police arrived,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow. “The second victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

Residents outside the apartment complex have been turned away from entering. One single mother and her two children sat on a curb, and she complained that the area is unsafe.

“We hear gunshots all the time, mostly on the weekends,” the woman said. “My car was broken into and my debit cards have been stolen… There’s no security here, and I am trying to figure out how I can get out of my lease.”

Complex owner Greystar says on its website that Assembly Alexandria enjoys “resort-inspired amenities,” although a number of residents say that the property has no security and that the doors to apartments have only single locks on the handles.

“See this key?” said one resident, raising a key from their keychain. “There’s no double locks. This is all it takes to get into our apartments. Anybody can get in.”

Two people were killed in the 200 block of Century Drive on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (Via Google Maps)

Alexandria Police will send out a press release updating the public on the incidents later today, Bassett said.

The incidents are the fifth and sixth homicides in Alexandria this year.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Detective Stephen Riley at 703-746-6225. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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Updated at 1:25 p.m. An Alexandria motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon (June 26) after crashing and falling nearly 30 feet off the westbound Interstate 495 overpass exit ramp for Eisenhower Avenue toward Mill Road.

The motorcyclist took the exit ramp, and crashed into the cement wall while on the overpass. His identity was later released as 23-year-old Braydon A. Stone.

“While on the overpass exit ramp, the motorcycle ran off the left side of the travel lane and struck the cement wall,” Virginia State Police said in a release. “The impact of the crash caused the motorcyclist to be thrown from his bike and over the cement wall. He then landed approximately 28 feet below in the travel lane. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

Police said Stone was wearing a helmet, and that the crash remains under investigation. He was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Via Google Maps

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No foul play is suspected in the drowning death of a 52-year-old man in Four Mile Run, according to Alexandria Police.

Police were called around 2 p.m. on Monday, June 20. Rescuers found the man in the stream near the 3900 block of Richmond Highway.

“The man, Tewodros Teferi, 52, was discovered and removed from the water by the Fire Department’s water rescue team, and EMS personnel attempted resuscitation efforts, but the efforts were unsuccessful,” Alexandria Police said in a release. “APD does not suspect foul play but will continue to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.”

Responding agencies included the Alexandria Fire Department, Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Fire Department, and D.C. Metropolitan Police.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Matthew Kramarik at 703-746-6650 or at [email protected]. Callers can also try the police non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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