Alexandria, VA

Police say the stop of a stolen vehicle led to a short pursuit on foot and three arrests.

Around 9 p.m. yesterday (Sunday), police stopped a vehicle on the 3000 block of King Street — a bit down the road from T.C. williams High School — according to Lt. Courtney Ballantine, a spokesman for the Alexandria Police Department.

Ballantine said the vehicle had been reported stolen in Fairfax County. After it was stopped, three suspects allegedly fled the vehicle. After a short foot pursuit, Ballantine said the three were apprehended.

A helicopter was called in to assist with the search, Ballantine said, but was ultimately sent back because the suspects were caught before it was needed.

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A 77-year-old Fairfax County man was struck and killed by a driver on Duke Street near the Alexandria Commons shopping center over the weekend.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Saturday on Duke Street at Sweeley Street.

Police say Fairfax County resident John Thompson, 77, was crossing in the crosswalk when he was struck. He later died at a local hospital.

The driver remained on the scene and thus far there’s no word on any charges being filed, though police say they’re still investigating the crash. More from an Alexandria Police Department press release:

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a traffic crash that occurred on Saturday, November 16, in the 3100 block of Duke Street.

At approximately 7:35 a.m., police responded to the area for a pedestrian struck in the intersection of Duke Street and Sweeley Street. Initial investigation indicates Mr. John Thompson, a 77-year-old Fairfax County resident, was crossing Duke Street in the crosswalk when he was struck by a motor vehicle. Mr. Thompson died from his injuries at a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.

Members of the Crash Reconstruction Team and Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Alexandria Police ask that witnesses with information regarding this incident contact Officer Charles Gardiner at 703.408.6375.

Last month a car ran into the front of the Sweetfrog frozen yogurt shop at the Alexandria Commons shopping center.

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Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of fire department and police activity at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria on Monday — it’s just a drill.

The synagogue at 3830 Seminary Road will be hosting a “a critical incident training exercise” from 8-11 a.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Alexandria police and firefighters will be conducting the exercise.

“Residents should expect police activity, interment road closures and a variety of police and fire vehicles,” police said via social media.

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Morning Notes

APD Officer Saves Man’s Life — “Last month, Alexandria Police Department Lieutenant Mike Kochis responded to a call in the Carlyle area and found an unconscious middle-aged man lying on the sidewalk… The man’s symptoms lined up with an opioid overdose, so Kochis turned the man on his side and sprayed a dose of Narcan into his nose.” [City of Alexandria]

Local Bride Meets Girl Whose Life She Saved — “Sarah Aiken from Alexandria was practicing walking down the pretend aisle in the back of the restaurant in Annapolis before her wedding rehearsal dinner. ‘I looked to the left and saw this family, her blond hair and I knew exactly who they were.’ Fourteen-year-old Kinley Strohl had flown in with her family from Ohio to attend the wedding of the woman who had given her a bone marrow donation seven years ago and saved her life.” [Gazette Packet]

Alexandria Officers Unite Cultures at T.C. — “They’re more than just cops. Find out how @AlexandriaVAPD Officers Gary Argueta & Johnny Larios turned a fractious group of @IntlAcademyTCW students into an unstoppable soccer team called Athletico.” [Alexandria City Public Schools, Twitter]

Free Food for Returning Nats Stars — “The owners of Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray liked the feeling of winning the World Series so much that they recently announced a special offer. Pork Barrel is offering free food to Washington Nationals stars Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, and Ryan Zimmerman if they choose to sign new contracts in the nation’s capital.” [Zebra]

Construction Ongoing at Trampoline Park — “Construction is progressing on Get Air Trampoline Park, an indoor recreation and amusement park in the West End of Alexandria at 340 S. Pickett St. Management at Get Air confirmed they do not have an opening date set and they are awaiting approval of permits.” [Alexandria Living]

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A 64-year-old Alexandria man has died and four others were seriously injured in a crash on the West End this weekend.

The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of North Van Dorn Street, near the Aldi supermarket.

Two SUVs collided head-on, killing Armando Aguirre Membreno, 64. Three adults and one juvenile were injured and brought to a local hospital, where they were listed in stable condition as of Sunday, according to Alexandria police.

A photo from the scene, posted by Fox 5, shows both vehicles with heavy front-end damage. At least two people were reported to be trapped after the crash, requiring extrication by firefighters using heavy rescue equipment.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

“Members of the Crash Reconstruction Team and Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the crash,” APD said in a press release. “The investigation is ongoing. Alexandria Police ask that witnesses with information regarding this incident contact Officer Nancy Gordon at 571.289.6794.”

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Morning Notes

‘Say Yes’ Star Opening Alexandria Salon — “The star of ‘Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta,’ Monte Durham, plans to open a hair salon in Old Town Alexandria, he announced this week. Durham, a resident of Alexandria, plans to call the salon ‘Monte.’ No word yet on an opening date.” [Alexandria Living]

APD Investigates Weekend Crashes — Alexandra police investigated a number of crashes over the weekend, including on the ramp to Telegraph Road from eastbound Duke Street, the intersection of North Beauregard Street and Seminary Road, the intersection of North Patrick Street and Madison Street, and the 500 block of North Columbus Street.

New Waterfront Cafe Under Construction — “Misha’s is moving forward on renovating the space for a second coffeehouse at 6 Prince St., near the waterfront, and that location is expected to have rooftop dining. A total renovation of the property is underway with the roof, floor and some walls being torn down.” [Alexandria Living]

Local Theater Staging Spooky Story — “The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ from Oct. 19 – Nov. 9, 2019. Director Maggie Mumford said she is an absolute nerd about all things Shirley Jackson (novelist), and the novel upon which this play is based is what started that fandom.” [Gazette Packet]

Overheard on the Alexandria Police Scanner — “Scanner: APD responding to S. Pickett Street for a report of a man walking down the road, dribbling a basketball while wearing nothing but a jock strap.” [Twitter]

Nearby: Fire at Belle View Shopping Center — “More than 20 businesses were damaged overnight Sunday into Monday by a four-alarm fire at a shopping center in Fairfax County, Virginia. The fire broke out about midnight in the Belle View Shopping Center, located south of Old Town Alexandria and the Capital Beltway.” [NBC 4, WTOP]

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Land Rover Alexandria Is Moving — A developer “has filed plans with Fairfax County to build [an] auto dealership and service center, on a 5.6-acre parcel fronting Van Dorn Street between the Capital Beltway and McGuin Drive, just outside the city of Alexandria… Beyer Auto Group will uproot its Land Rover dealership from its 22-year home at 2712 Duke St. in Alexandria to this new location, while establishing Jaguar sales on the property as well.” [Washington Business Journal]

Water Main Break Near Hospital — An extended, partial road closure was reported near Inova Alexandria Hospital yesterday (Tuesday) evening after a water main broke at the intersection of N. Jordan and Howard streets. [Twitter]

Women’s Halfway House Opens at New Location — “Friends of Guest House, the transitional organization for formerly incarcerated women, has some new digs. Twenty women moved into Friends of Guest House’s newly opened residential six month re-entry program at 120 S. Payne Street.” [Zebra]

New Insight into Severance Case — “Years after serial killer Charles Severance terrorized Alexandria, Virginia, and was convicted in three murders, the lead prosecutor is sharing key insights into the case… ‘He wanted it to be terrifying,’ [Commonwealth’s Attorney for Alexandria Bryan] Porter said of Severance’s crimes.” [WTOP]

APD Officer Saves Man from Overdose — “An Alexandria police officer saved the life of a man who had overdosed on opioids. Read his story, and learn how you too can save a life.” [City of Alexandria, Twitter]

Tonight: Beautification Awards Ceremony — “The 2019 Alexandria Beautification Awards ceremony will recognize residents, organizations, and businesses and community groups for their efforts in contributing to the beautification of the City of Alexandria. Awards will be presented in six categories.” [City of Alexandria]

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A 21-year-old Alexandria man succumbed to his injuries Friday after a shooting in the Landmark/Van Dorn area Wednesday.

Alexandria Police identified the victim as De’shon Jenkins. He was shot in the upper body and rushed to the hospital, but passed away two days later.

The shooting is the second homicide in Alexandria this year.

The first homicide of the year happened on the unit block of S. Van Dorn Street in January, after a former security company owner shot his girlfriend to death during an argument; he was convicted last month.

Police are seeking tips about last week’s shooting.

“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Ryan Clinch at 703.746.6673,” APD said in a press release, below.

The Alexandria Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation in the 300 block of S. Reynolds St.

At approximately 11:53 p.m. on October 9, police were dispatched to the area for a possible shooting. Upon arriving, officers located an adult male suffering an injury to the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital.

On October 11, the victim, De’shon Jenkins, a 21 year old Alexandria resident, succumbed to his injuries.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Ryan Clinch at 703.746.6673.

This is the second homicide in Alexandria this year.

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A man was shot overnight in the Landmark/Van Dorn area, Alexandria police say.

The shooting happened around midnight on the 300 block of South Reynolds Street.

Police arriving on scene found a man suffering gunshot wounds; he was rushed to a local hospital and is currently in critical condition, Alexandria police spokesman Lt. Courtney Ballantine told ALXnow.

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting. At last check, no suspects were in custody.

Video from the scene, sent by ALXnow reader Matthew Young, shows numerous emergency vehicles and crime scene tape following the shooting.

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(Updated at 11:30 a.m.) Traffic is slow from Seminary Road to Duke Street after a crash and reported medical emergency in the southbound lanes of I-395.

The incident was reported shortly before 11 a.m., underneath the Duke Street overpass. Initial reports suggest that a driver suffered a medical emergency and crashed. It was not immediately clear whether how many other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Virginia State Police, along with Alexandria and Arlington firefighters and medics, rushed to the scene. First responders arriving on scene reported that they were performing CPR on the driver.

As of 11:15 a.m. two lefthand lanes of I-395 were blocked by the emergency activity.

A second crash along I-395 in the same area, involving a sedan and a dump truck, was reported just prior to 11:30 a.m.

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If there’s one thing that will annoy many Alexandrians more than all else, it’s calling the southeastern area of Fairfax County across Cameron Run “Alexandria.”

Dave Statter, a former reporter and volunteer firefighter who runs a fire and EMS news website, went on a rant this week about the distinction after Fairfax County Police, and later news outlets, referred to the controversy over a police officer detaining a driver to be handed over to ICE as having taken place in Alexandria.

The area from the Huntington Metro area to Mount Vernon is often referred to as Alexandria. City of Alexandria (the real Alexandria) spokesman Craig Fifer said Fairfax County does not officially refer to any portion of the county as Alexandria, though the term “Alexandria section of the county” appeared in a Fairfax County Police Department press release about the ICE incident.

The source of the confusion is that the U.S. Postal Service gives some Fairfax residents and businesses in the area Alexandria mailing addresses. In the late 1800s there were attempts by Alexandria to annex these parts of Fairfax, but they withdrew back across Cameron Run. By 1871, the dividing line was established as Cameron Run.

City pride aside, the distinction can also have fiscal implications. In 2009, an audit found a Target store in Fairfax was inadvertently sending $1 million in sales tax to the City of Alexandria instead of Fairfax, according to the Washington Post.

“It’s important for residents, businesses, the news media and the Postal Service to accurately identify locations,” Fifer said. “When an area is referred to as ‘Alexandria’ that is not actually in the City of Alexandria, people become confused about which government agencies serve them, which services are available, where to get involved in civic affairs, and even where to pay taxes.”

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Alexandria Police are investigating a reported robbery of a cell phone in the Lincolnia area.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. on the 400 block of N. Armistead Street.

A person who was selling a mobile phone via an online advertisement was robbed of the phone by a suspect with a gun, according to scanner traffic. The suspect then reportedly fled in a vehicle, heading northbound on I-395.

No one was injured, police said.

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