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A 14-year-old Alexandria boy was arrested and charged with robbery after allegedly pistol-whipping a juvenile in the West End.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 5, in the 400 block of N. Armistead Street. Police found the juvenile victim with a “large amount of blood” on his hands, as well as abrasions on his head and cheek, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The victim told police that three suspects stole his backpack and Apple Air Pods by force, and that one of them hit him with a plastic gun.

“One of the suspects possessed an apparent plastic gun and pistol whipped (the victim) with the weapon while in the process of stealing their property,” police said in the search warrant affidavit. “Another suspect displayed a knife and threatened to use it against (the victim) during the incident.”

The suspect who allegedly hit the victim was positively identified in a photo line up, and was arrested and charged with robbery from person. He was taken to the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center.

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No one was injured after a man used a gun to rob the McDonald’s (121 W. Glebe Road) in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria on Tuesday night (Aug 30).

The Alexandria Police Department was called at around 10:30 p.m. The suspect took money from the business and fled the scene on foot.

APD did not release a description of the suspect, who remains at-large.

The restaurant is located near the busy intersection of W. Glebe Road and Mount Vernon Avenue.

Anyone with information in connection to this incident can call the APD non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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A 28-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting and robbing a man of his phone behind the Plaza at Landmark shopping center on Saturday (August 27).

The incident occurred in the 200 block of N. Breckinridge Place.

Victor Palomo-Munoz, of no fixed address, was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with robbery by using force and drunk in public.

At around 6:30 p.m., the 50-year-old man victim was hit by the suspect and robbed of his phone. The victim declined to go to the hospital, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

“The victim had his personal cell phone taken,” APD spokesman Marcel Bassett said. “After the arrest all missing items were returned to their rightful owner.”

Palomo-Munoz was released on $5,000 bond on August 29 and goes to court on October 14.

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

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A 29-year-old woman was robbed of personal items by an acquaintance in Arlandria last Wednesday (August 17).

The incident occurred in the 100 block of W. Reed Avenue oat around 10 p.m. The area is near the busy intersection of Glebe Road an Mount Vernon Avenue.

The victim was not injured and there have been no arrests, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The incident is still under investigation, and police did not provide a suspect description. Anyone with information in connection with this incident is urged to call the APD non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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There was a robbery in the 3800 block of Russell Road in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria on Sunday, August 21, 2022. (Via Google Maps)

An 18-year-old woman was robbed of cash and personal items on Sunday afternoon (August 21) in Arlandria.

The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of Russell Road. The victim was not injured and the male suspect did not use a weapon, according to police.

Police said that the incident is still under investigation and did not release a suspect description.

Anyone with information in connection to this incident is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

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A 24-year-old Washington, D.C., man is behind bars without bond after allegedly altering prices and assaulting a Rack Room Shoes store clerk with pepper spray and making off with stolen footwear.

Jamison McNeil is being held without bond after being arrested on the evening of Wednesday, August 3. At around 7:30 p.m., McNeil allegedly left the Rack Room Shoes in Potomac Yard (3551 Richmond Highway) and was recorded by a store clerk leaving the store with stolen shoes. McNeil allegedly sprayed a store clerk with pepper spray while making a getaway, according to a search warrant affidavit.

McNeil allegedly drove away from the scene in a blue Hyundai IONIQ with temporary Maryland tags. That same car was also reported leaving a Best Buy store, and then a Chipotle restaurant in the same shopping center after McNeil and several suspects allegedly walked out without paying for their food.

McNeil was pulled over and told police that all of the stolen property was located in the blue Hyundai, according to the search warrant affidavit. He was charged with shoplifting/altering price tags for more than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise, conspiracy to commit concealment of merchandise and multiple counts of petit larceny.

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No arrests were made after a woman stole money from a business in the heart of Old Town on Friday, August 12.

The incident occurred at Dolce Gelati (107 N. Fairfax Street) at around 5:30 p.m. The business is located across the street from City Hall and just blocks from the waterfront.

Alexandria Police tweeted about a large police presence in the area to look for the suspect.

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A 29-year-old Arlington man faces a jury trial next month for allegedly robbing and assaulting his disabled ex-girlfriend in her West End apartment.

The suspect has been held without bond in the Alexandria jail since his arrest on February 8.

On February 1, a week before his arrest, the suspect allegedly forced his way into the woman’s apartment and removed her from her wheelchair, according to a search warrant affidavit. The incident occurred in an apartment in the Assembly Alexandria apartment complex in the 200 block of Century Place — the same apartment complex where two men were recently shot to death.

“(The suspect) forced his way into (the victim’s) apartment and then physically removed her from her wheelchair before continuing further inside the apartment,” police reported in a search warrant affidavit.

The suspect allegedly took:

  • The victim’s phone
  • A laptop
  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • An iPad

The suspect then allegedly withdrew $405.20 from an ATM with the victim’s debit card.

On February 8, Alexandria Police found out that the suspect was riding a DASH bus on a West End route — not far from where the incident occurred. Police stopped the bus at Landmark Mall, and arrested him.

The suspect goes to a jury trial on August 30 (Monday) and faces charges including abduction, statutory burglary, grand larceny and assault and battery.

The Alexandria Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program is available 24/7 to listen and help 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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Two people were killed in the 200 block of Century Drive on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

The big news in Alexandria this week was a double homicide in the West End and the news later that the suspect had been released from jail in Arlington earlier this year.

Former Mayor Kerry Donley also died of a heart attack last week with funeral services scheduled for this Sunday, July 24.

On the brighter side: a special use permit filed with the city earlier this week revealed that Andy’s Pizza is planning on making its way into Old Town at the former Meggrolls spot (107 North Fayette Street).

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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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