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Alexandria’s Part 1 crime rate is up, and it’s mostly due to an increase in larcenies and thefts from cars.

Police released the city’s Part 1 crime statistics for 2022 on Tuesday, and included are the reported numbers of homicides, rapes, robberies, grand larcenies from vehicles, and aggravated assaults.

Overall, crimes against people and property in the city are up 7%, when compared to the first five months of last year.

There has been one homicide in 2022 — a 25-year-old man who was found dead on the sidewalk in the West End in March. There were two homicides in the city in 2021 and four homicides in 2020.

Below are Part 1 crimes for the period of January 1 – May 11 for the years 2020, 2021, and 2022:

Crime Type 2020 2021 2022
Homicide 0 0 1
Rape 5 2 1
Robbery 32 34 34
Aggravated Assault 73 76 63
Burglary 46 81 54
Larceny 791 753 845
Grand Larceny from Auto 91 77 98
Total 1,038 1,023 1,096

Larcenies are on the rise, with 845 incidents reported in the first five months of the year — a 12% increase over last year. Thefts from automobiles are also up 27%, with 98 incidents reported.

The city saw a 19% increase in Part 1 crime in 2020, which then fell by 2% in 2021:

Crime Type 2020 2021 Change
Homicide 4 2 -2
Rape 14 9 -5
Robbery 88 83 -5
Aggravated Assault 208 241 33
Burglary 126 186 60
Larceny 2,475 2,420 -55
Grand Larceny from Auto 357 268 -89
Total 3,272 3,209 -63 (-2%)
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A 13-year-old boy was robbed by a group of males in the 4600 block of Kenmore Avenue on May 12 (Thursday).

The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. near the near Seminary Plaza Shopping Center. The victim was injured in the incident and refused medical attention. A personal item was stolen.

Four males, likely juveniles, committed the offense and did not use weapons, Alexandria Police told ALXnow.

There have been no arrests and the incident remains under investigation.

There have been a number of recent assault by mob incidents in Alexandria. On May 6, a gang of juveniles jumped a 16-year-old male at the Bradlee Shopping Center, and on April 24 four men robbed a man of his wallet in Arlandria.

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

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A 16-year-old male was beaten up and robbed by a gang of five teenagers in the Bradlee Shopping Center on (Thursday) April 28, according to Alexandria Police.

The victim was jumped and robbed of cash by a gang of five male juveniles. The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. as the victim walked on the sidewalk between 3672 and 3676 King Street in the shopping center, according to police.

“Money was taken from the victim, but due to a witness intervening the money was recovered at the scene,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said.

The incident follows the September 21, 2021, shooting of a juvenile at a nearby McDonald’s, which is a short distance from Alexandria City High School. A juvenile was arrested at the restaurant a month later after a fight where a man was injured.

No arrests have been made, and the relationship between the victim and suspects is uncertain, police said.

Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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An Alexandria man was robbed of his wallet by a gang of four males on the evening of Sunday, April 24.

At around 10 p.m., the victim was confronted by four males outside in the 3800 block of Florence Drive in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria. The victim fell to the ground during the ordeal, but was not injured, according to police.

No weapons were used during the incident, and the victim’s wallet and an undisclosed sum of cash were stolen.

No arrests have been made in connection to this incident.

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

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A 28-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond for allegedly using a butcher knife to rob a man in the city’s Arlandria neighborhood.

Terrance Farrington was arrested and charged with using force during a robbery not long after the incident occurred in the 600 block of Notabene Drive on (Tuesday) April 12. The victim told police the robbery occurred as he walked outside his apartment building to throw something away in a dumpster. The suspect allegedly walked up and grabbed gold necklaces from his neck and took his glasses.

“(The victim) fought Mr. Farrington to get their property back when Mr. Farrington displayed a knife, described as a butcher knife with a black handle,” police said in the search warrant. “Fearful, (the victim) ran back to his apartment and locked himself inside of his bathroom.”

The warrant said Farrington allegedly chased after the victim and broke into the apartment.

“Mr. Farrington attempted to break into the bathroom and banged on the bathroom door with the handle of the knife, forceful enough the door was damaged,” the warrant said.

A neighbor then fought with Farrington in an effort to get him out of the apartment, and both men then fell down a flight of stairs. The neighbor got slashed by the knife, the warrant said, and suffered a non-life threatening injury.

After falling down the stairs, Farrington allegedly fled to his girlfriend’s apartment, which is in the same complex.

“Once the (suspect’s girlfriend’s) apartment was secured to preserve the integrity of the crime scene for a search warrant, Mr. Farrington’s knife was observed in plain view in the sink in the kitchen,” the warrant said.

Farrington was convicted for numerous violent offenses since 2017, including robbery and assault and battery. He goes to court on May 18, and faces a minimum of five years in prison.

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Three men are being held without bond in the city jail after a robbery and abduction in the West End.

The incident occurred on February 23 at an apartment in the 51oo block of Fairbanks Avenue, which is near the intersection of Seminary Road and N. Beauregard Street. The victim went to the apartment to meet with an “associate”, who asked him for money, but the man said he didn’t have any, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The victim was then allegedly punched in the face and stomach, and told to call someone to give him money. The victim told police that he called his employer, that he was punched while he made the call and that the punch was filmed on a phone. One suspect, after he was arrested, told police that a knife was held to the victim’s neck while money was demanded.

“(The victim) was prevented from leaving the residence as he was in fear he would be further injured,” police said in the warrant. “(The victim) stated the suspects were holding him in the house by preventing free access to the door.”

The victim’s employer arrived shortly thereafter, and one of the suspects went outside to speak with him, according to the warrant. After a brief meeting, the suspects let the victim out of the apartment. Once outside, the victim was allegedly restrained by two suspects, and the victim’s employer called out for him to run to him if he was in trouble. The victim reportedly ran to his employer, and then the group dispersed and the three suspects were arrested.

Police arrested Alexandria residents Anthony Henriquez-Prudencio, 19, and Adalberto Santamaria, 19, and Manfredy Aguilar-Ruiz, 22, of Washington, D.C. The men were charged with robbery and abduction and go to court for the offenses on April 1 (Friday).

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Alexandria Police cruiser (file photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria had another heist involving eyeglass frames on Saturday. This time, it was at an optometrist on King Street at S. Saint Asaph Street.

Around 1:10 p.m., a group of three males arrived at the optometrist offices in Old Town Alexandria. At least one of them was armed with pepper spray when they entered the shop to steal the frames.

Police described the suspects’ getaway vehicle in radio broadcasts as a silver Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows and Virginia temporary tags.

The D.C. area has had a rash of eyeglass frame heists in the past couple of months. This was at least the second in Alexandria. The previous one was in the West End on January 20.

The thieves are believed to be targeting eyeglasses due to their relatively small size and high resale value.

 

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An Alexandria juvenile was apprehended and transported to the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center after allegedly robbing another juvenile of $8 with a fake handgun.

The incident, which occurred at around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12., was reported to police by the victim’s parent. The parent reported that one juvenile held a gun on the victim while the other took $8 and “attempted to take the victim’s shoes and coat,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

“It was investigated and discovered that all parties involved in this incident were juveniles who’ve interacted with each other in the past,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett told ALXnow

The victim was not injured.

Police found the suspect at home, and after being given Miranda warnings admitted to stealing the $8 with a replica handgun described as a Glock; with a blue slide,” police said in the warrant.

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Alexandria Police are investigating a robbery committed by five people at the Home Depot at 400 S. Pickett Street in the West End.

A Home Depot employee followed five people out of the store on Jan. 17, after they walked past the point of sale and out the exit with a shopping cart full of hand tools, gardening tools, and electric and gas-powered tools, according to a search warrant.

The suspects fled the scene in two vehicles with Maryland plates — a gray Honda CRV and a dark blue Nissan Maxima.

“(A)n employee of the Home Depot… attempted to grab the shopping cart full of items that was being pushed by one of the suspects,” police said in the search warrant. “The suspect pushed (the employee) and they began to struggle. (The employee) disengaged when a second suspect exited the Nissan Maxima. Those two suspects grabbed one item each and left the scene.”

The previous day, on Jan. 16, the owner of the Honda CRV reported that it was stolen from Prince Georges County. The Honda CRV was pulled over during a traffic stop in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 30, and the driver, who did not have a key fob for CRV, was arrested for vehicle theft.

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McDonalds at 505 S Van Dorn Street, photo via Google Maps

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after being found guilty for five armed robberies through the area, including one at a McDonald’s in Alexandria.

Jon Karl Mcree Fleet, 62, was found guilty of five robberies stretching from Jan. 24 to March 13. On Feb. 11, 2011, Fleet robbed the McDonald’s at 505 South Van Dorn Street.

“According to a store clerk, the suspect entered the restaurant, placed an order, and then demanded that the clerk give him the money inside the register,” an affidavit said. “The clerk told the suspect that she was unable to open the register because the order was still pending on the register’s screen. The subject then walked around to where the clerk was standing by the register, at which time he brandished a wood and metal shotgun while he continued to demand money.”

The affidavit said the clerk was eventually able to open the register and Fleet took the bills and coins from inside.

Fleet was also found guilty of robberies in Springfield, Largo, Maryland, Falls Church and McLean.

“During each robbery, Fleet brandished a firearm in the presence of employees and demanded money from them,” a release from the Department of Justice said. “Fleet used a short-barreled shotgun while committing the Domino’s robbery. At the time of the robberies, Fleet was a convicted felon, having previously been convicted for armed robberies, and was thus prohibited from possessing a firearm. Fleet’s lengthy and violent criminal history qualifies him as a ‘Career Offender.'”

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