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A 17-year-old Falls Church male was arrested charged with two counts of felony hit and run after an incident that injured two Alexandria firefighters on the morning of Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) in the Landmark area.

The incident occurred at around 4 a.m. in the 300 block of S. Reynolds Street. The suspect, who was driving a dark-colored sports utility vehicle, was arrested by Fairfax County Police.

He was found slumped behind the wheel of the vehicle in the 6300 block of Little River Turnpike — less than two miles away from where the incident occurred, according to a search warrant.

“While they were loading equipment onto their fire truck, a dark colored vehicle struck two firefighters and part of the truck,” police said in a news release. “The driver of the dark colored vehicle did not stop and sped away from the scene. Both firefighters were treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and were released the same day.”

Alexandria Police found a case of Corona beer on the floor of the passenger’s side seat of the suspect’s car, as well as two open beer bottles in the front cup holders, police said in the search warrant.

The suspect admitted to police that he’d been drinking throughout the evening at his aunt’s house in Fairfax County, and that he drove a friend home in the City, police said in the warrant. He also did not provide police with his friend’s name or address.

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A 40-year-old Alexandria man has been charged with the Dec. 7 murder of a woman in the West End.

David Cunningham was charged with the second degree murder of 23-year-old Melia Jones in her apartment in the unit block of South Van Dorn Street. Police have not released how she was killed, and said that Cunningham is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

Police found Jones dead in her apartment on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at around 2:40 p.m. Her death was the second homicide of 2021.

The incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information on it is asked to reach out to Detective Michael Whelan at 703-746-6228, or [email protected]. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Alexandria police are trying to determine what led to a bizarre attack last night during the frigid temps that left several persons injured including the perpetrator who was last reported in critical condition.

It started just before 10:50 p.m. in The Shops at Mark Center (1458 N Beauregard Street) on North Beauregard Street at Reading Avenue. That’s where police received calls for help reporting that a man with a hammer entered the CVS and attacked several employees before he headed for the nearby McDonald’s.

Police said on Twitter that a suspect was taken into custody, but early this morning police were still searching for witnesses and evidence. Fairfax County police sent the county’s helicopter and a k9 to assist with the search.

After briefly reviewing the surveillance video, police determined that the suspect appeared to be a man in his 30s wielding a hammer wearing a blue hoodie and gray shorts covered with blood. Officers found him in the 5800 block of Merton Court with a severe head injury.

In addition to the suspect, EMS crews responded to assist at least two others who had been injured in the melee.

The Fairfax County police helicopter “Fairfax 1” searched areas around The Shops at Mark Center for additional clues. Chart: adsbexchange.com
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Three men are in custody after allegedly shooting handguns at a parked vehicle in the West End and wounding a bystander on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 9).

The incident occurred at around 3:20 p.m. in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 30 S. South Reynolds Street. The Alexandria Police Department reported that two of the suspect left the store, got into a parked car and then fired shots at another car in the parking lot.

“During the altercation, an innocent bystander was shot,” APD reported. “The victim, a 26-year-old female, city of Alexandria resident was transported to the hospital by a Good Samaritan. The victim is currently in stable condition with life-threatening injuries.”

Alexandria residents Maurice Turner, 18, and Donovan Copeland, 20, and Fairfax County resident Damonte Martin, 21, were arrested and charged with malicious wounding by mob, use of firearm in the commission of a felony, concealed weapon, shooting missiles into an occupied vehicle and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to reach out to APD Detective Stephen Riley at 703-746-6225 or [email protected]. Callers can remain anonymous.

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The Mark Apartments, photo courtesy Washington Property Company

The Mark Apartments at 100 S. Reynolds Street near the Landmark area is under new ownership.

Washington Property Company (WPC) announced its acquisition of The Mark, a 227-unit apartment tower in the West End, last Friday. The company bought the tower for $52.7 million.

“This is WPC’s first acquisition of an existing multifamily property,” said Quinn Rounsaville, WPC Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, said in a press release. “We have long been committed to multifamily as an asset class in our portfolio, and this acquisition provides an opportunity to grow. We believe that with Amazon HQ2, Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus, the redevelopment of Landmark Mall, and Virginia’s business-friendly political climate, the Alexandria submarket is poised for tremendous growth over the next five to ten years.”

In the press release, WPC said it plans to complete an ongoing renovation program at the apartments to finish upgrading apartment finishes and features. WPC also said it plans a more extensive upgrade of the building’s systems and common areas.

The redevelopment planned at Landmark and the HQ2 development in Arlington were name-dropped as a key feature that made the building an appealing acquisition.

“It is just 1.4 miles from the Van Dorn Metro station and four Metro stops to Amazon’s HQ2,” the press release said. “Only a half-mile from the property is the Landmark Mall redevelopment, expected to comprise 4.2 million square feet of mixed-use development anchored by a new billion-dollar Inova Alexandria Hospital, delivering as early as 2025.”

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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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No injuries were reported after numerous gunshots were reported to Alexandria Police early Thursday night.

Police reported a heavy presence in the 700 block of N. Van Dorn Street at 5:39 p.m.

The incident occurred in a residential area near Holmes Run and Interstate 395.

No reports of arrests were made, and police have not responded to ALXnow’s questions.

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(Updated at 12 p.m.) The Alexandria Police Department has ruled the death of a 23-year-old black woman in the West End as a homicide.

Police responded to a call for service at the 40 block of South Van Dorn Street on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at approximately 2:40 p.m. In a press release, police said upon arriving they found a 23-year-old black female deceased in her apartment. Today (Wednesday), police said a medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be homicide.

Police released no other information about the incident and withheld the victim’s name at the family’s request.

“This incident is currently under investigation, and we are asking anyone with any information relating to this case to please contact Detective Michael Whelan by phone at 703.746.6228, email at [email protected]gov, or use APD’s non-emergency number at 703.746.4444,” Police said in a press release. “Tips and information can be made anonymously.”

This is the second homicide of the year in Alexandria.

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A 15-year-old Alexandria male was charged with felonious assault after allegedly stabbing a man twice in the parking lot in the Landmark area of the West End.

The incident occurred Monday, October 11, at around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of 101 S. Whiting Street.

Security footage from a nearby gas station showed the suspect walking toward the apartment complex minutes before the incident, police said in a search warrant affidavit. Surveillance footage from the apartment complex then captured the suspect allegedly walking from car to car and pulling on door handles.

“The first few handles he pulled, the doors did not open and (it) appeared the vehicles were locked,” police said in the affidavit. “Once the subject found an unlocked door, he immediately entered the vehicle and sat in the drivers seat… Approximately 10-15 seconds later, the victim walked up to his vehicle and attempted to open the door.”

The affidavit continued, “At this time, I observed the suspect leap from the vehicle and start a physical altercation with the victim. During this time the victim was attempting to restrain the suspect and hold him until help arrived. Once the suspect was controlled, I observed him strike the victim two times in the shoulder and torso area.”

The victim’s lung was punctured, and one of his arms was stabbed.

“The victim received serious but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the encounter,” Alexandria Police Captain Chris Wemple III told ALXnow. “Alexandria Police detectives were able to later identify the suspect as a 15-year-old juvenile and charge him with felonious assault.”

On October 16, the suspect’s father listed him as a runaway. He later returned home — nearly two miles away from the scene of the incident — and was interviewed by police on October 28.

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(Updated at 11:55 a.m.) A two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 24) shut down traffic on N. Van Dorn Street from Taney Avenue to Holmes Run Parkway earlier today.

The incident was reported to the public via Twitter at 10:55 a.m., the Alexandria Fire Department and police are at the scene. Police and medics were dispatched to the scene, according to scanner traffic.

Both drivers suffered injuries, and one of them is in critical condition, according to AFD. Both drivers have been transferred to Inova Alexandria Hospital.

The Police Department’s crash reconstruction unit was at the scene, but Van Dorn Street reopened around noon.

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