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Police Restrict Access to Streets Around Shooting Scene for Evidence Recovery

Police anticipate restrictions will be lifted by 4 p.m.

Recruits are out conducting a grid search in the area of last week's homicide. Alexandria Police Department photo
Recruits are out conducting a grid search in the area of last week's homicide. Alexandria Police Department photo

Alexandria Police will restrict access Tuesday to several streets in the area of Thursday’s homicide scene on Ridge Road Drive, where Ruthanne Lodato was shot and later died. They'll be looking for evidence in the crime.

The following intersections will be shut down at 8 a.m.:

•Ridge Road Drive and Braddock Road: no northbound traffic on Ridge Road Drive
•Circle Terrance and Central Avenue: no southbound traffic on Central and no northbound on Circle Terrace
•Farm Road and Virginia Avenue: no southbound traffic on Farm Road
•Ridge Road Drive and Virginia Avenue: no southbound traffic on Ridge Road Drive

This restriction prevents vehicles from entering the area to be searched later in the day. Residents can leave and enter, but non-residents should avoid the area. Police will verify addresses before allowing residents entry. These road closures are to preserve the evidence scene for a search by police academy recruits later in the day, not for a search for the suspect. 

It is anticipated that the restrictions will lift at 4 p.m., but it may be sooner.
 

Edmund Lewis February 11, 2014 at 05:53 PM
http://alexandriava.gov/police/info/default.aspx?id=24438. Four years later the chief is singing a different tune. A spate of burglaries, bank robberies, armed robberies, a daylight robbery of a main post office, a shooting inside of an Old Town Safeway, multiple unsolved murders, and a laundry list of other criminal offenses should have citizens wondering what exactly has happened to our city's police department over the past four years. Is alexandria only reacting to crime instead of seeking to deter it? Have capital expenses eaten away at so much of the departments budget that it is no longer able to police effectively? Alexandria is failing to meet one of the most basic and critical needs of its citizens, keeping them safe. Enough of the "Alexandria is one of the safest cities to lives in" bs. It's not and there are many victims and their families as proof.
oldtowner February 12, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Hyperbole is usually not effective in trying to make a point; Alexandria has had three unsolved murders in 10 years....starting with Nancy Dunning.
Concerned Virginian February 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Edmund, You make good points. You should inquire with the City Council, City Manager, and Mayor and ask them why they prioritize parks, ARHA, and lawsuits rather than public safety from police and fire. Maybe you'll see that the department can't keep officers long enough to get to a staffing level that will provide adequate protection to the city. The fact is that this City is very close to DC and Prince George's County, where crime is high. This crime spills over to here frequently, much more than the public thinks. And it's getting worse.
oldtowner February 18, 2014 at 04:56 PM
I should also note that arrests were made in the Safeway robbery and very recently in the Post Office robbery (on Mt. Vernon Ave). And to Concerned, I don't think it's fair to say Alex prioritizes parks, ARHA, etc over public safety. The City made a commitment many years ago to try to maintain public housing units....our community values diversity. And what parks are you talking about? It's important to have a balance between open space and development....and certain types of development bring in more tax revenue than others. Anyway, getting off base here, I fear. Still appreciate your discourse. And as to Edmund, I believe crime stats still show Alexandria as being a relatively safe city. What would you propose to help the APD "deter" crime?
Edmund Lewis February 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM
What stats are you referring to which support your assertion that Alexandria is a "relatively safe city?" Below is rundown of crimes reported within the past week. There have been multiple unsolved murders in Alexandria, including the murders of Mrs. Dunning, Mr. Kirby, and Mrs. Lodato. All of which are concerning. The citizens of Alexandria should question the policing model in place and the department's response after the recent murder of Mr. Kirby. Residents were told their neighborhood was safe and an empty police car was parked on Russell Rd. This did nothing to deter the continuation of crimes such as burglars kicking in the doors of homes in Rosemont, theives stealing cars from garages, and the murder of another city resident less than a mile away. http://carlylecommunity.us/?p=196190

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