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Two Men, Police Officer Injured in Fall Through Grocery Store Window

After citizen attempts to halt suspect disobeying police, group falls through a window at the Giant grocery store on E. Monroe Avenue, police said.

The broken window was covered up Monday morning. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)
The broken window was covered up Monday morning. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)

Two men and an Alexandria police officer were injured Sunday evening after falling through a plate glass window at the Giant grocery store on E. Monroe Avenue in Del Ray, according to police.

At approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, Alexandria police officers arrived in the area of the grocery store to speak with several suspects regarding a petit larceny that occurred the previous week at the nearby CVS pharmacy.

The suspects refused to comply with police requests, Alexandria Police Department spokesperson Crystal Nosal said.

A nearby citizen observed one of the suspects refusing police directions. The citizen then intervened, grabbing the suspect, Nosal said.

As officers attempted to separate the suspect and citizen, the whole group fell through a window on the front façade of the grocery store.

The citizen, suspect and one police officer all suffered non-life threatening injuries after the fall, Nosal said.

Alexandria resident Derrell Antonio Edwards, 23—the suspect in the incident—was arrested following the incident for impeding/obstruction of police.

Mr. Brown January 13, 2014 at 05:47 PM
We don't get the citizen we need. We get the citizen we deserve.
Steve Wright January 14, 2014 at 09:08 AM
I understand the Obstruction charge, at the same time, this guy was trying to do the right thing. Which we do not see much of these days.
Scottie Vosburgh January 14, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I don't think it was the citizen that was arrested... was it? I feel like it was the suspect. That should be more clear.
Drew Hansen (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 09:43 AM
From what the police told me, it was the suspect who was arrested. Let me follow up to make sure. Police only released the name of the person who was arrested, not of everyone involved in the incident.
Noel Card January 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Drew, hope you find out and let us know. Maybe trying to help the police in this situation isn't the smartest thing to do, but it sounds like it was with the best intentions. If it was the citizen who was trying to help the police who was arrested, it would be unconscionable.
Andy Frassetto January 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Stuff like this wouldn't happen if the sushi place took kids.
Drew Hansen (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Per the police, the suspect was arrested—not the citizen.
Patrick Smith January 14, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Frankly, I blame Walgreens.
shaynej January 21, 2014 at 11:16 PM
folks, read the story again...it clearly says: "The suspect in the incident "
Alexandria Neighbor January 25, 2014 at 07:54 PM
If the citizen didn't decide to help the police officer, then the other three guys at the scene could have joined in with the suspect making for a four-against-one situation not in the police officer's favor. Fortunately, they didn't join in and the call for backup was quickly answered.
Derrell Edwards February 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM
As officers attempted to separate the suspect and citizen, the whole group fell through a window on the front façade of the grocery store.It was actually a second officer that came on the scene who tackled me, the other officer, and the citizen through the window. Also so the citizen and I never had any type of confrontation. There is no truth to this article at all.

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