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A 19-year-old Alexandria man faces multiple charges for allegedly driving a van without a license, providing a false name to police and drug possession.

Police observed the suspect allegedly driving the wrong way down the 3800 block of Old Dominion Boulevard in the city’s Arlandria neighborhood on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Police used emergency lights to get the suspect to pull over, and he parked illegally and then got out of the van, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police then said the suspect provided a false name and date of birth. The man told police that his girlfriend owned the car and that he was dropping off his cousin, who sat in the front passenger seat. The suspect had no identification and admitted to not having a driver’s license. He then left the vehicle before police could get more information.

Police called in a wrecker to tow the van to the city’s impound lot, and during an inventory search found 20 to 40 pills of suspected oxycodone in a plastic baggie, a smoking apparatus made from a water bottle and burned pieces of aluminum foil.

The suspect was arrested and charged with driving without a license, driving on the wrong side of the street, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and identity theft. He goes to court on Jan. 14, 2022.

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Well, it hasn’t exactly been a good news-heavy week in Alexandria.

There’s a possible serial killer in the area of Fairfax just south of Alexandria and the much-debated School Resource Officers have been removed from their posts pending an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual messages to a former student, according to the Washington Post. A local juvenile was also killed in a fatal shooting this past weekend, though police said there’s no threat to public safety and the death is being considered an isolated incident.

Several City Council members were honored earlier this week after they finished their last City Council meeting. Among them was City Council member Redella “Del” Pepper, who retired after 36 years in office.

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A 24-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond after allegedly strangling his girlfriend.

Antar Christmas was arrested on December 8 and charged with domestic assault and battery and impeding blood circulation or respiration of a family/household member. He is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

The incident occurred on Dec. 1 in an apartment in the 900 block of Manor Road. A witness heard a woman scream in a nearby apartment, and police met the victim, who said that the suspect had just left with their child, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The victim told police that she was temporarily staying with Christmas, and that they argued after he returned home late. She told police that, after an escalating argument, that he pushed her against a wall, grabbed her throat with both hands and squeezed for approximately two seconds, according to the warrant.

The investigating officer reported not finding any observable injuries on the victim.

When police called Christmas and asked if he would return to his apartment, he reportedly said, “I’m not an idiot,” and hung up. Subsequent calls and texts were ignored, and police petitioned for arrests warrants for strangulation and assault and battery, according to the search warrant.

Police then found that Christmas was suspected of two other domestic assaults from June and August, and had open arrest warrants in Montgomery County and Baltimore County in Maryland.

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Police are investigating a shots fired incident in the 800 block of West Glebe Road in the Arlandria neighborhood.

The Alexandria Police Department said in a press release that one person was reported to be ‘grazed’ and that police were on the scene around 7 p.m. last night investigating.

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Morning Notes

SROs in hot water over alleged inappropriate sexual messages — “The investigation stems from a recent report by a former student about alleged sexually inappropriate conversations that occurred during her time at the school, according to two people familiar with the inquiry but not authorized to speak about it on the record.” [Washington Post]

Holiday theft down in the city — “According to data collected by the Alexandria Police Department, a total of 56 shoplifting and concealment incidents have been reported for November and December, with a few weeks still left in December. This marks a decrease from 2020, which had 93 cases over the same two months, and 2019, during which 111 cases occurred over the same two months.” [Alexandria Times]

Afghan siblings, wounded in Kabul airport bombing, seek new life in Northern Virginia — “Mina, 8, and her brother Faisal, 13, navigated a tricky route to arrive in Alexandria. Now they must build a new life, while mourning the one they left behind.” [Washington Post]

Over 50 years of an iconic music venue in Alexandria — “Birchmere tell-all book by local writers published in November.” [Alexandria Gazette]

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(Updated at 12 a.m, Friday, Dec. 17.) The two school resource officers at Alexandria City High School have been removed from their posts and placed on administrative leave after a “serious complaint,” according to the Alexandria Police Department.

“APD takes complaints regarding misconduct seriously and is working diligently to investigate this situation,” the department told ALXnow.

The police and Alexandria City Public Schools have not yet responded to questions regarding the SROs. What is not known is whether the officers will be replaced, who lodged the complaint against the officers and what the complaint alleges.

The Washington Post spoke with sources familiar with the case, who said the matter began after a former student alleged “sexually inappropriate conversations” while she attended ACHS.

“The officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, the City will not comment further on this matter,” the police said.

ACPS said it was cooperating with the police department, and would not comment further.

“The Alexandria Police Department is conducting the investigation, in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, Alexandria City Public Schools will not comment further on this matter,” ACPS Chief of School and Community Relations Julia Burgos told ALXnow.

SROs in Alexandria have been a controversial subject, as they were defunded by City Council earlier this year, and then brought back in October after outcry from the school system.

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With two celebration-filled weeks left in the year, there has been a 34% jump in the number of Driving Under the Influence arrests in 2021 over last year.

As of Dec. 7, there have been 193 DUI arrests in Alexandria, up from 144 last year — a period when police minimized traffic enforcement, and restaurants and bars were still largely closed indoors due to the pandemic.

Still, there were 240 total DUI arrests in Alexandria in 2019 — 20% higher than this year’s current total.

“Enforcement may be up and I would contribute it to our Traffic Safety Section being diligent and staying on top of their training in recognizing drivers who drive under the influence as well as the contributions from our patrol,” Alexandria Police public information officer Marcel Bassett told ALXnow.

Not counted in the figures is a DUI arrest that occurred on Dec. 11, after a pedestrian was struck in Arlandria. The 41-year-old driver was charged with DUI Maiming and DUI Second Offense.

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Overall, Alexandria’s Part 1 crime rate is down 9% compared to 2020, but it’s still 8% higher than 2019, according to recently released figures.

Police released the city’s Part 1 crime statistics for 2021, as of Dec. 7, and included are the reported numbers of homicides, rapes, robberies, auto thefts, larcenies, burglaries and aggravated assaults.

There have been two homicides so far this year — a woman killed earlier this month and the stabbing death of a man in September. Both incidents occurred in the West End of the City.

Burglaries saw the biggest increase in number this year, with 39% more than in 2020 and 50% more than in 2019. Aggravated assaults increased 3% when compared to 2020, and 10% more than in 2019.

All other Part 1 crime has gone down. There have been 10 reported rapes so far this year, 16% less than in 2020 and 50% less than in 2019; Auto thefts have gone down 32% when compared to 2020, but just 5% more than in 2019; and with the holidays weeks away, larcenies are down 9% so far compared to last year, but 7% higher than in 2019.

The below numbers are not finalized and are subject to change.

Crime Type 2019 2020 2021
Homicide 2 3 2
Rape 20 12 10
Robbery 82 87 79
Aggravated Assault 196 208 215
Burglary 117 126 175
Larceny 2,093 2,473 2,244
Auto Theft 233 359 245
Total 2,743 3,268 2,970
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The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the death of a 16-year-old male after he was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound on Saturday, Dec. 11.

According to a press release, there is no threat to public safety and this is being investigated as an isolated incident.”

“The Alexandria Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a call for service made approximately at 11:58 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in which a juvenile arrived at Inova Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper leg,” the police department said. “While at the hospital the 16-year-old juvenile succumbed to his injury.”

The police department said that because a juvenile was involved, the department refrains from disclosing personal information.

“The investigation remains ongoing,” the press release said. “Any witnesses or individuals with information about this incident are asked to contact Detective Ryan Clinch by phone at 703 597 6355, email at  [email protected] or call APD’s non-emergency number at 703 746 4444.”

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A Maryland man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly shoplifting $350 worth of merchandise from the Target at Potomac Yard.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 24. The Target loss prevention manager told police that two suspects walked into the store, and that he recognized one of them as a frequent shopper, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Using store cameras, the prevention manager followed the suspects, who both had carts, and observed them place items within two storage containers that were in the baskets.

“At one point, (a suspect) places a blazer he had been wearing into the shopping cart to conceal additional items,” police said in the search warrant.

The suspects then went to the self-checkout area of the store, where one of them allegedly scanned the top storage box in one of the baskets twice. The suspects then walked out of the store with everything concealed in the storage bins.

The stolen items were listed as:

  • One PC gaming headset valued at $99
  • One quilt blanket valued at $99
  • One Instant Pot Pressure Cooker valued at $59.99
  • Three Pokemon card packages valued at $4.99 apiece, totaling $14.97
  • Three Pokemon card multi-pack packages valued at $12.99 apiece, totaling $38.97
  • One Pokemon Elite Trainer Box valued at $39.99

The suspects were then seen by employees leaving the area in a Maryland car. A check of the license plate and credit card used found that both belonged to one of the suspect’s girlfriends. The suspect who allegedly drove his girlfriend’s car and used her credit card was charged with petit larceny earlier this month and goes to court on Jan. 14. The other suspect wore a face mask and has not been identified.

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