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A juvenile was shot to death at a hotel room in the West End on Jan. 27, 2023 (via Google Maps)

A 17-year-old Arlington resident has been charged with possession of  firearm by a minor, after another 17-year-old was fatally shot in a West End hotel room.

The shooting occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night in a room in the Courtyard By Marriott Pentagon South (4641 Kenmore Avenue) in the Seminary Plaza Shopping Center, according to dispatch. Multiple juveniles were in the room when the 17-year-old male victim was shot in the chest.

The juvenile suspect was charged with being a minor in possession of a firearm. He was found two blocks away in the 4800 block of Kenmore Avenue, and he admitted to shooting the victim in self defense, according to dispatch recordings. He also told police that he gave a friend the gun that he used to shoot the victim.

This is the first shooting death of 2023 in Alexandria, and it has not been deemed a homicide. 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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ACHS students in a walk out protesting the cancelation of Lunch and Learn (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

It’s been a busy week in Alexandria.

As teachers fought for a pay raise, Alexandria City High School (ACHS) students walked out of the classrooms in protest against Alexandria City Public Schools leadership stonewalling a lunchtime program.

Titan Lunch was a proposed replacement for an earlier Lunch and Learn program that allowed students to meet with clubs or teachers during their lunch period. A student committee met with school administration and worked on crafting a compromise that would keep the core of “Lunch and Learn” intact while adding security measures.

In an email to the ACHS community, Principal Peter Balas said during meetings with the school district’s senior leadership team it became apparent that “safety and security concerns, in addition to the logistical and operational challenges” would keep the program from moving forward during the current school year.

While organizers said Interim Superintendent Melanie Kay-Wyatt has yet to meet with the student committee that put together the activity proposal, the ACHS PTSA wrote a letter to the school system supporting the Titan Lunch proposal.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Alexandria City High School students organize walk out protesting cancelation of lunchtime activities
  2. With Alexandria seeing more residential development conversions, city leaders discuss pushing for greater ‘voluntary’ contributions
  3. No arrest after woman robbed at gunpoint in Old Town Saturday night
  4. UPDATED: Alexandria BIPOC-focused grant program delayed by lawsuit from local engineering firm
  5. JUST IN: Visit Alexandria unveils new city branding
  6. JUST IN: Suspect on run in shooting ‘mistakenly’ released from jail after arrest
  7. Alexandria teachers want smaller classes and bigger raises
  8. Notes: Neighboring Arlington embroiled in single-family zoning fight Alexandria has avoided… so far
  9. Woodbridge man arrested after stabbing incident in West End
  10. APD investigates shots fired in the West End
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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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Alexandria Police arrested a Woodbridge man for allegedly stabbing a man in the 1400 block of N. Beauregard Street on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 (via Google Maps)

A 28-year-old Woodbridge man is being held without bond for allegedly cutting a man with a knife in the West End on Sunday morning, Jan. 15.

The incident occurred just after midnight in the 1400 block of N. Beauregard Street, near the William Ramsay Recreation Center. The 45-year-old victim was cut with a sharp object and treated at the scene, police told ALXnow.

The suspect, Mateo Amaya, knows the victim and was arrested that day and charged with malicious wounding, according to police.

“A weapon was recovered (in connection to the incident),” Alexandria Police Department spokesperson Marcel Bassett told ALXnow. “Nothing was reported stolen.”

Amaya goes to court for the offense on February 17.

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5400 Richenbacher Avenue (image via Google Maps)

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shots fired incident in the 5400 block of Richenbacher Avenue between the West End and Seminary Hill.

The incident occurred a few blocks west of James K. Polk Elementary School.

There are no reported injuries and APD has a heavy presence on the scene.

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Brian Wardell Morris, the suspect in connection to a shooting in the West End on Jan. 15, 2023 (via APD)

(Updated 3 p.m.) The 27-year-old suspect in a West End Shooting on Jan. 15 was “mistakenly released” from the Prince George’s County jail five days after the offense, according to Alexandria Police.

Police released the identity of the suspect, Brian Wordell Morris, who is wanted for allegedly shooting a 22-year-old man multiple times during a child custody transfer with the suspect’s child.

The victim was shot multiple times at around 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at an apartment building in the 4600 block of Duke Street.

The girlfriend of the victim called police and told the dispatcher that her “baby’s father shot her boyfriend.”

According to police:

On January 20, 2023, the Alexandria Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit with the help of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task force took Brian Wordell Morris Jr., 27, a City of Alexandria Resident, into custody in connection with this incident.

On the same day, Mr. Morris was mistakenly released from a Prince George’s County Jail; his current whereabouts are unknown.

The 22-year-old victim was shot in the torso and the back and is expected to recover.

The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections released this statement on Jan. 24:

On January 20, an inmate was released from the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections (PGDOC) by mistake. Brian Wordell Morris Jr. was transported to PGDOC at 2:45 p.m. January 20 on an open warrant for a malicious wounding charge stemming from Alexandria, Virginia. He was erroneously released more than an hour later at 4:03 p.m. The Department of Corrections’ Office of Professional Responsibility and Legal Affairs is investigating the incident. Multiple jurisdictions are working to locate Morris to include the Alexandria Police Department, the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. 

Police reviewed video of the incident, which showed the mother of the child walk from her car to the suspect’s car, take the child into custody and then back. The male victim then approached the suspect’s car, opened a passenger door and “appears to be shot multiple times,” police said in the search warrant affidavit. “[The victim] retreats on foot as the shooter exits the vehicle and shoots one more time in his direction.”

As previously reported, last August, the suspect was found guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, assault and battery and violating his probation. Alexandria Circuit Court Judge James C. Clark sentenced him to four years for the possession and assault charges and six years for the probation violation, with all but one year suspended. The suspect was then released for time served.

APD asks anyone 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.

Alexandria’s Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is open, and hotlines are available 24/7 at 703-684-7273 [Sexual Assault Hotline] or 703-746-4911 [Domestic Violence Hotline].

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Shots were fired near the intersection of N. West and Princess Streets in Old Town on the early morning of Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 (via Google Maps)

No arrests were made after multiple gunshots were reported in the Braddock neighborhood early Friday morning.

Police received multiple emergency calls for at least 10 gunshots just after 1 a.m. near the intersection of N. West Street and Princess Street. Witnesses reported that a dark-colored SUV fled the scene.

No one was injured in the incident, which remains under investigation. Police released no additional information.

APD asks anyone with information to call the APD non-emergency line 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

Updated 4:30 p.m. — The 27-year-old suspect in a West End Shooting on Sunday was released from jail last year after spending more than a year in jail on assault and weapons charges, according to court records.

The 22-year-old male victim was shot multiple times at around 5 p.m. at an apartment building in the 4600 block of Duke Street. The girlfriend of the victim called police and told the dispatcher that her “baby’s father shot her boyfriend.”

The incident occurred during a child custody transfer, according to a search warrant affidavit. The 22-year-old victim was shot in the torso and the back and is expected to recover.

Police reviewed video of the incident, which showed the mother of the child walk from her car to the suspect’s car, take the child into custody and then back. The male victim then approached the suspect’s car, opened a passenger door and “appears to be shot multiple times,” police said in the search warrant affidavit. “(The victime) retreats on foot as the shooter exits the vehicle and shoots one more time in his direction.”

The suspect was last seen driving away from the building in a white Mercedes SUV, which belongs to his mother, who lives less than two miles away from where the incident occurred.

No arrest has been made, but shortly after the shooting APD tweeted that it believed there was “no current threat to the public.” Police did not clarify to ALXnow why there was no current threat.

Last August, the suspect was found guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, assault and battery and violating his probation.

Alexandria Circuit Court Judge James C. Clark sentenced him to four years for the possession and assault charges and six years for the probation violation, with all but one year suspended. The suspect was then released for time served.

The suspect faces probation violation, the reimposition of suspended sentences, in addition to weapons and attempted murder charges.

APD asks anyone 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.

Alexandria’s Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is open, and hotlines are available 24/7 at 703-684-7273 [Sexual Assault Hotline] or 703-746-4911 [Domestic Violence Hotline].

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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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A 24-year-old Fairfax County man was arrested after allegedly breaking into an apartment in the 2500 block of N. Van Dorn Street on Jan. 9, 2023 (via Google Maps)

A 24-year-old Fairfax County man faces assault and battery charges after allegedly breaking into an apartment near Fort Ward early Monday morning, according to Alexandria Police.

The incident, which police describe as domestic in nature, occurred at around 12:30 a.m. in an apartment in the 2500 block of N. Van Dorn Street.  The suspect allegedly breached the apartment and assaulted the victim, who did not go to the hospital. Police did not say what was stolen from the apartment.

The suspect was arrested a few blocks from the scene and later released that same day on a $3,000 unsecured bond. He goes to court on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Anyone experiencing domestic violence can call the Alexandria Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program 24/7 at 703-746-4911.

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