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A woman was robbed of cash in the 1500 block of Princess Street on Saturday Jan. 21, 2023 (via Google Maps)

No one was injured and no arrests have yet been made after a woman was robbed at gunpoint in Old Town on Saturday night, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The incident occurred just before 8 p.m. outside in the 1500 block of Princess Street.

The 28-year-old female victim was not injured, but was robbed of cash by a man with a gun wearing a black ski mask and trench coat, according to dispatch.

The suspect fled on foot, APD told ALXnow.

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

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A man was shot in the 4600 block of Duke Street on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 (via Google Maps)

Alexandria Police are investigating a person of interest after Sunday night’s shooting near Holmes Run put a man in the hospital with multiple injuries.

The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. near an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Duke Street, according to police. A 22-year-old man was shot and suffered “multiple injuries” and is expected to recover.

“APD is currently investigating a person(s) of interest in relations to this incident,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said.

No other information was released. Shortly after the incident, APD tweeted that it believed there was “no current threat to the public.”

The incident is still under investigation and APD asks anyone who with information to contact Detective John Bratelli via phone at 703-746-6699, email at [email protected], or to call the APD non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Shots were fired in the 1500 block of Princess Street on Dec. 31, 2022 (via Google Maps)

A 28-year-old Alexandria man was released on bond after allegedly firing a handgun in Old Town on New Year’s Eve, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

No injuries were reported. The incident occurred at around 8:55 a.m. in the 1500 block of Princess Street, near Jefferson-Houston Elementary School.

Chauvez Diggins was arrested and charged with attempted malicious shooting, willful discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, use of firearm in a commission of a felony and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Diggins was released on Jan. 3 on a $3,500 unsecured bond and goes to court on Feb. 17.

APD is asking anyone with information on the incident to call its non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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A 31-year-old Alexandria man was arrested last month after allegedly threatening his father with a handgun on a Facebook Messenger video call.

The incident occurred last September. It was reported to police on Oct. 11 and the suspect was arrested on December 1, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

The father reported that he was on a Facebook Messenger video chat with his son on Monday, Sept. 26. The father lost his license and told his son that he ordered a new one using his son’s address. The son then allegedly took out a gun and pointed it at the screen and said, “If you come around here I’m going to shoot you,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

This wasn’t the first time the suspect threatened his father and other family members, and the victim provided police with videos of his son pointing a gun at the camera. The father told police that his son is affiliated with gangs and carries an untraceable gun. Police also said in the affidavit that the suspect is on probation for a previous charge of abduction by force.

The father was able to get a protective order on Oct. 14, and successfully petitioned for a warrant for violating the order on Nov. 28. The suspect was arrested on Dec. 1, posted a $1,000 unsecured bond and was released the same day.

The Alexandria Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is available 24/7 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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After a lengthy trial, a hung jury couldn’t reach a verdict against a 24-year-old California man accused of murdering a man in the West End in 2020, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney will retry the case in February.

On Thursday (Dec. 15), the jury remained deadlocked on whether Ahmed Mohammed Shareef should be charged with murder or manslaughter in the Nov. 2020 shooting death of 23-year old Yousef Omar. The jury did, however, find Shareef guilty of racketeering with 20 others for operating a drug trafficking organization between the D.C. Metro area and Los Angeles, California.

Shareef is claiming self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all charges. He will be retried for the murder charge on February 16, Alexandria’s Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter told ALXnow.

“The jury trial was extremely lengthy,” Porter said. “It started the very beginning of November, and was a six-week trial. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury convicted him of racketeering, but was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge. The case has been continued to February 16.”

Sentencing is being withheld for the racketeering charges until the conclusion of the upcoming murder trial. Shareef faces life in prison for the murder charge and up to 40 years for the racketeering charge.

Omar was found shot multiple times in the driver’s seat of a 2016 silver Mercedes E350 on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2020. A firearm was found near Omar’s body, as well as numerous shell casings, indicating that he fired at his attacker. A half-hour after the shooting, Shareef checked himself into Howard University Hospital with a gunshot wound, police said in a search warrant affidavit.

The investigation of the drug trafficking organization resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals, including Shareef, and the seizure of $500,000 worth of marijuana, nearly $275,000 in cash, 23 firearms, cocaine and other drugs, digital scales, money counters, fake identifications and a number of vehicles.

“The investigation also revealed that the likely motive (of the murder) was over an unresolved drug debt and potential interference by the victim to pry customers away from the (drug trafficking organization),” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

A witness told police that they saw Shareef and Omar in the Mercedes, parked across the street from the Newport Village apartment complex near Fort Ward Park.

The witness saw Shareef “exit the vehicle and proceed to shoot the victim multiple times as he sat in the driver’s seat, striking him multiple times,” according to the search warrant affidavit. “The suspect then ran to a waiting vehicle, entering the front passenger seat and fleeing the scene.”

The incident was the third and final homicide of 2020.

A police investigation determined that Shareef and his co-conspirators ferried marijuana from Los Angeles to the D.C. Metro area in large suitcases on commercial airliners. In many instances, the suspect who checked the baggage in California would not get on flights and the bags, with different names on identification tags, would be picked up by other suspects in Virginia. The marijuana in the luggage was found in vacuum-sealed bags.

“The method included top tier traffickers purchasing flights for individuals and packing large suitcases with other materials to conceal large quantities of marijuana, ensuring that the bag was checked approximately 50 minutes before the flight left and would often be picked up by different individuals at DCA (Washington Reagan International Airport) and IAD (Dulles International) airports in the Commonwealth,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

(The story previously said incorrectly that Shareef is defending himself. That is not accurate. He is instead claiming self-defense.)

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A 23-year-old Loudoun County man is being held without bond after allegedly eluding police, crashing into a semi-truck on Interstate 95 and ditching a stolen gun, weed and a safe into a nearby ravine.

The incident occurred on the rainy evening of Thursday, October 6, after police received an emergency call from an apartment in the 2400 block of Mandeville Lane in the city’s Carlyle neighborhood, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police responded to a domestic incident inside the apartment. The victim said they were afraid for their safety during an altercation, and that the suspect had a gun. As the suspect walked out of the apartment, the argument went into the hallway and the victim was seen tugging on the suspect’s shorts and a black handgun was observed falling from the suspect’s waist and onto the floor, police said in the search warrant affidavit.

The suspect was also allegedly carrying a two-foot-square black safe, and was seen by police fleeing the area in a gray Honda Accord. Police followed him, and said that he drove erratically, and that he fled after they tried to initiate a traffic stop.

“The above-described vehicle ended up crashing into another vehicle on I-95 South at Exit Ramp 174,” police said in the search warrant affidavit.

After the crash, the suspect got out of the Accord, and was seen throwing the safe into a ravine near the exit ramp. Police searched the area and found the closed safe, an ounce of marijuana in a plastic bag, a handgun and bullets — not yet sunken in the mud and within throwing distance. What was found inside the safe has not yet been made public.

The suspect was arrested shortly thereafter, and was found carrying $5,700 in cash. Police found that the gun was reported stolen by the Fairfax County Police Department, and that the suspect has been charged numerous times with felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana since 2017.

The suspect was charged with weapon possession by a convicted felon, domestic assault and battery, receipt of a stolen firearm, reckless driving, eluding police, and failing to use his headlights with his windshield wipers.

The suspect goes to court on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

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A man was robbed at gunpoint as he painted the exterior of a house near the waterfront in Old Town.

The incident occurred in the 400 block of S. Lee Street on Saturday, October 15, at around 11 a.m. Two men allegedly approached the victim, one of them brandished a handgun and the victim suffered minor injured, according to police. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

There have been no arrests, and the incident remains under investigation. Suspect descriptions were not released by police.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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A 23-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond after allegedly pointing a handgun at his landlord in a West End apartment.

The incident occurred on the night of Sunday, September 18, in an apartment in the 2800 block of Seay Street.

The victim told police that his tenant, Khalil Gray, got into an argument with him at home. The victim told police that Gray has pointed the same gun at him multiple times during arguments over the last several months, and that Gray moved in when the victim’s son moved out of the apartment, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Gray was arrested on Monday, September 19, and charged with brandishing a firearm, assault and battery and two counts of violating a protective order. He goes to court for the offenses on November 28.

The apartment where the incident occurred is near Bishop Ireton High School and the intersection of Seay Street and Duke Street.

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There were no injuries after shots were fired in the West End on Sunday night (October 16).

Police reported the incident at 8:35 p.m. in the 4100 block of Duke Street.

The incident occurred near single family homes in the area of the intersection of Duke and S. French Street.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on this incident can contact the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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This gun was detected by a TSA officer in an Alexandria, Va., woman’s carry-on bag at Reagan National Airport on Oct. 4. (TSA photo)

An Alexandria woman was caught carrying a loaded gun at a security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Tuesday (October 4).

The incident occurred in the early morning, and the woman said that she forgot that she had the gun in her bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police took the weapon and the woman was cited for weapons charges.

“The .380 caliber gun was loaded with six bullets and was detected among the woman’s carry-on items,” TSA said in a release. “She told officials that she forgot that she had her loaded gun with her.”

Firearms caught at Reagan National Airport (DCA)

  • 2022 — 24 guns
  • 2021 — 30 guns
  • 2020 — 10 guns
  • 2019 — 14 guns
  • 2018 — 16 guns
  • 2017 — 13 guns

Nationwide, there were 5,972 guns detected in carry-on bags in 2021, of which 86% were loaded, according to TSA.

“If someone wants to transport their firearm on a flight, they certainly can, as long as it is unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided case and declared as checked baggage with the airline as described on the TSA website,” said John Busch, TSA’s Federal Security Director at the airport. “The airline representative will make sure the gun is transported in the belly of the airplane where nobody has access to it during the flight.”

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