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The William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center (via City of Alexandria)

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and Alexandria Police Department are investigating an in-custody death at the jail.

Ahntais Lucas, 39, from Fairfax County, was found unresponsive and alone in his cell experiencing a medical emergency. The release said the jail’s medical staff tried to treat Lucas but he was pronounced deceased at 4:42 a.m.

According to a release from the City of Alexandria:

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and the Alexandria Police Department are investigating the in-custody death of a local inmate at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.

This morning, February 26, just before 4 a.m., a deputy found an inmate unresponsive in his cell alone and experiencing an apparent medical emergency. A deputy immediately called for assistance from the jail’s medical staff, and both began life-saving measures. Medics from the Alexandria Fire Department responded and continued treatment, but the patient was pronounced deceased at 4:42 a.m.

The deceased is Ahntais Lucas, 39, of Fairfax County. He had been in custody since August 20, 2023.

Because this is an in-custody death, the Alexandria Police Department is conducting the death investigation. The Sheriff’s Office will conduct a review of the incident to ensure all policies and procedures were followed.

A woman was found dead inside a car at the Liberty gas station at 3468 King Street in Alexandria’s West End on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023 (via Google Maps)

(Updated 4:20 p.m.) The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a dead woman found inside a parked car at a gas station in the West End of the city.

APD was notified of an unresponsive woman sitting in the parking lot of the Liberty gas station at 3468 King Street at around 8:15 a.m.

Police found an unresponsive person inside a black Hyundai with dealer tags, according to the police scanner. APD said in an update later that the person in the car was a woman, despite earlier reports the person was male.

At 10:55 a.m., police notified the public to expect a moderate police presence in the area.

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

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of self-harm, call 911 or the Department of Human Services’ emergency services line at 703-746-3401. CrisisLink also has a 24-hour crisis hotline at 703-527-4077 or 800-SUICIDE, or text 703-940-0888.

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A 15-year-old boy was shot in the 300 block of S. Whiting Street on Oct. 28, 2023 (via Google Maps)

(Updated 9:35 a.m.) After being unable to find a handgun or shell casing, the Alexandria Police Department (APD) is investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy in a West End apartment building as “suspicious.”

The shooting occurred in an apartment in the 300 block of S. Whiting Street at around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 29), according to APD. The call to police was made by a person who said that the victim shot himself, but APD could not find a firearm or shell casing at the scene, according to scanner traffic.

“This may or may not be self-inflicted,” an investigating APD officer said via dispatch.

According to APD:

The Alexandria Police Department is seeking assistance from the public regarding an active investigation of a suspicious death that occurred in the 300 block of South Whiting Street. On October 28, 2023, at approximately 11:47 PM, the Alexandria Police Department responded to a call regarding a possible shooting. Officers discovered a 15-year-old male inside the residence who sustained a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he unfortunately succumbed to his injury. APD is now investigating this shooting incident as a suspicious death.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and determine the cause and manner of death.

There have been six confirmed homicides so far this year in Alexandria.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact APD Detective J. Marable at 703-746-6883, or call the APD non-emergency number. Callers can remain anonymous.

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The scene of a shooting on the 800 block of W. Glebe Road (staff photo by James Cullum)

(Update at 11:10 p.m.) A man who was hospitalized after a shooting in Arlandria has died, according to police.

Alexandria police identified the victim as 29-year-old Eric Holmes Jr. and asked the public for tips.

Alexandria Police Department officers said they heard multiple gunshots fired in the area of the scene on the 800 block of W. Glebe Road, according to scanner traffic from around 11:30 a.m. today (Monday).

The police department tweeted at the time that drivers can expect delays due to the significant police presence at the scene.

This is the second shooting under investigation in less than a week in Alexandria that sent a victim to the hospital with life threatening injuries and is part of a reported uptick in gun violence in the last two years.

James Cullum contributed to this report

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A 22-year-old Maryland man has been charged with the murders of an Alexandria man in 2022 and a Bristow man in 2021, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

On July 10, police arrested Corde Fitzhugh-Clingman, of Hyattsville, and charged him with two counts of first degree murder while armed for the 2022 death of 26-year-old Zekariya Elmi, of Alexandria, and the 2021 death of 24 year-old Muntsier Sharfi, of Bristow.

MPD offered $25,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in both cases. After his arrest, no information on how Fitzhugh-Clingman allegedly committed the incidents was released by police. Court documents related to his case in D.C. Courts are sealed and no court date has been set.

Elmi was shot in the 5000 block of South Dakota Avenue, Northeast, at around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022. He reportedly crashed his car into a utility pole after the incident and he later died at the hospital.

Sarfi, a football player and 2020 graduate of the University of Virginia College at Wise, was found shot to death at around 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021, in an overturned vehicle in the 3300 block of Southern Avenue, Southeast. Police found that he was shot a block away in the 3300 block of Eerie Street, Southeast.

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(Updated 4:35 p.m.) Police are investigating a child’s death at an apartment building on the 200 block of Yoakum Parkway around 2 p.m. today.

Police Chief Don Hayes said police found a three-year-old boy who fell from one of the upper floors and died.

Witnesses said the infant may have fallen from the window of the apartment building, per scanner traffic.

The Alexandria Police Department said there is a moderate police presence at the scene. Hayes said other people were inside the unit at the time, but would not say the ages of the people in the apartment, how old they are, or their relationship to the child.

“Right now, as you can all imagine, the family is devastated,” Hayes said. “Our condolences go out to the family. We’re here doing our investigation to find out what transpired.”

GoFundMe for ACHS student Yonathan Isaí Vasquez Méndez (image via GoFundMe)

(Updated 11:10 a.m.) After the death of Alexandria City High School student Yonathan Isaí Vasquez Méndez earlier this week, friends and family are raising funds to help cover funeral expenses and other costs.

While no cause of death has been officially announced, scanner traffic at the time indicated first responders were administering Narcan and later that day, the City of Alexandria issued a warning about fentanyl-laced drugs after “two recent suspected drug overdoses involving school-aged youth,” the Alexandria Times first reported.

Méndez is potentially the latest victim in a spike of overdoses among children in Alexandria. Another student was hospitalized earlier this year and a student at nearby Wakefield High School died after overdosing at the school.

Teachers and friends remembered Méndez as a well-liked student at the school who played guitar at his church and enjoyed watching movies with his family.

Police at a sudden death investigation on E. Reed Avenue (staff photo by James Cullum)

An Alexandria teenager is being held without bond on manslaughter charges after a “sudden death” last Friday in the Lynhaven neighborhood.

Court records show that 19-year-old Alexandria resident Junior Espinal-Calix was arrested and is being held without bond. Police said Calix is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

“A subject was taken into custody without incident and was charged with involuntary manslaughter,” police said in a release.

Scanner traffic from Friday indicated police were dispatched to a report that a 21-year-old man was shot. Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said police could not currently confirm the cause of death.

A preliminary hearing for the case is scheduled for March 31.

James Cullum contributed to this story


The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is investigating a sudden death on East Reed Avenue in the Lynhaven neighborhood.

East Reed Avenue was still closed as of 4 p.m. While scanner traffic indicated police were dispatched to a report that a 21-year-old man was shot, Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said police could not currently confirm the cause of death.

“We’re investigating a sudden death,” Bassett said. “We’re looking at all aspects of this case.”

James Cullum and Vernon Miles contributed to this story


Good Monday morning, Alexandria!

Today’s weather: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 55 and low of 39.
Tomorrow: Possible light rain in the morning and afternoon. High of 51 and low of 33. Sunrise at 7:17 am and sunset at 5:28 pm.

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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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