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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.

Map via Google Maps

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A man was robbed with a knife in the 5700 block of Merton Court on Dec. 22, 2022 (Via Google Maps)

No one was injured after a man with a knife robbed another man of cash in the West End on Dec. 22, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The incident occurred at around 10 p.m. around apartment complexes in the 5700 block of Merton Court. The area is near the intersection with N. Beauregard Street and the Winker Botanical Preserve.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident, and police did not provide a suspect description.

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

Map via Google Maps

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A woman was robbed in the 700 block of N. West Street on Dec. 19, 2022. (via Google Maps)

A 38-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after being robbed of cash near the Braddock Road Metro station on Dec. 19, according to Alexandria police.

The incident occurred just before 11 p.m. in 700 block of N. West Street.

The victim was knocked down by a female suspect, who did not use a weapon. It was reported that the victim was hit by the suspect and that she did not to the hospital.

No arrests have been made and police did not provide a suspect description.

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

Via Google Maps

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There was a robbery in the 1200 block of N. Henry Street on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (via Google Maps)

A 23-year-old man was robbed of his rental car key by two people in the 1200 block of N. Henry Street on Friday, Dec. 9.

The Alexandria Police Department said that the victim, who is not a city resident, was sitting in his rental car at around 4 a.m. when approached by a man and a woman. The pair implied that they had a weapon and demanded that the victim hand over his personal items.

“They demanded more stuff, but all they ended up with was a rental car key before running off,” Alexandria Police public information officer Marcel Bassett said. “It was reported that the suspects motioned as though they had a weapon, but no weapon was confirmed or seen.”

The victim was not injured and no arrests have been made.

The incident occurred near The Grayson apartment complex (1200 N. Henry Street), and across the street from the Powhatan Park Tennis Court (1010 Douglas Street).

Anyone with information can contact the APD non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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A juvenile was beaten and robbed by group in the 4700 block of Kenmore Avenue in the West End on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (via Google Maps)

A 16-year-old Alexandria resident was beaten and robbed by six juveniles in the West End on Saturday night (Dec. 10).

The incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of Kenmore Avenue. The victim suffered minor injuries, and told police that the suspects brandished a weapon of some kind and stole personal items.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident and it remains under investigation, police said.

Anyone with information can contact the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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A woman was robbed of her wallet in the 100 block of King Street on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (via Google Maps)

A woman was robbed of her wallet in the 100 block of King Street in Old Town early Sunday morning (Dec. 4), according to Alexandria Police.

The incident was reported at around 4:45 a.m. near the waterfront, hours after thousands of people attended the annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River.

The woman was not injured and no weapon was used in the incident, although police provided no information on the suspect.

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

Via Google Maps

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A woman was robbed in what police are calling a domestic incident on Nov. 26, 2022 in the 5700 block of Dow Avenue in the Landmark area. (Via Google Maps)

A 31-year-old Maryland man is being held without bond for allegedly robbing a 28-year-old woman in the Landmark area on Saturday night (Nov. 26).

Police said that the incident was domestic, and that it occurred at around 9:15 p.m. in the 5700 block of Dow Avenue.

A personal item was stolen from the victim, who was not injured, police said. The suspect was arrested a short time later and charged with domestic assault and battery and robbery from a person.

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.”

Via Google Maps

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Alexandria Police are investigating two early evening robberies in residential areas near Holmes Run last Thursday (Nov. 10) and Saturday (Nov. 12).

On Thursday at around 5 p.m., a 24-year-old man told police that he was hit by a male suspect and robbed of cash in the 5300 block of Holmes Run Parkway. The victim told police that he was taking a walk when he was attacked. He did not go to the hospital.

Two days later, on Saturday, at around 6 p.m., a 26-year-old man was robbed by two men in the 5300 block of Taney Avenue — less than a mile away.

The victim was walking home when he was hit with an unknown object by a male suspect, and robbed of cash and personal objects. He also did not go to the hospital.

Police said that the incidents are not related. No other information on the suspects was provided by police, and the incidents are under investigation.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents can contact the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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200 S. Reynolds Street, where a man was allegedly beaten and robbed (via Google Maps)

A 26-year-old Alexandria man was hospitalized after allegedly being beaten and robbed by a group of males in the West End early Sunday morning (Nov. 6).

Police were alerted at around 5 a.m. of an assault in progress in the 200 block of S. Reynolds Street. The area is full of apartment complexes and is a few blocks from Duke Street.

The victim was later treated for minor injuries at the hospital and told police that five males beat him up and stole cash and personal items.

“There was a call for service in the at 5:04 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022 for an assault in progress,” Alexandria Police Department spokesman Marcel Bassett said. “After initial investigation police discovered that the call was actually a robbery from a person where a group of males physically assaulted a 26-year-old man and the group took some personal items and an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim.”

No weapons were used during the assault.

No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information can call the Alexandria Police Department non-emergency number at 703-746-4444. Callers can remain anonymous.

Via Google Maps

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