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Alexandria police arrested a 31-year0old city man for attemted malicious wounding following an incident last week in the 5800 block of Duke Street.

According to police, at approximately 9:30 a.m., an Alexandria woman reported that her estranged husband was suicidal and had access to weapons. Approximately 15 minutes later, police received calls for shots fired outside Landmark Mall at 5801 Duke Street. The woman believed that her husband may have been involved. Officers responded to the scene but the suspect was no longer there.

Within minutes the suspect called police and indicated that he wanted to surrender. He stated that he was at the Bradlee shopping center in the 3600 block of King Street.

Officers arrived, found the suspect in his pick-up truck parked in the parking lot, and took him into custody. A handgun was located and secured. The suspect was initially brought to Inova Alexandria Hospital where he was seen by medical staff and later transported to police headquarters.

During the investigation, police located a 47-year-old Woodbridge woman who was working as a security guard at Landmark Mall and determined that she was the individual that the suspect shot at while he was at the mall. She was not injured. Police arrested Leslie Mogford, a 31-year-old male of 3705 Taft Avenue in the city, and charged him with attempt malicious wounding. He is being held without bond at the Alexandria jail.


Two James K. Polk Elementary School employees have been arrested and charged with distribution of marijuana.

Bertram L. Smithen, 28, of Dale City and Carmen Jana Williams, 23, of Alexandria, were arrested on April 20, by the Prince William County Vice Narcotics Task Force after task force members purchased marijuana from one of the suspects. A search warrant of Smithen's home yielded one pound of highgrade marijuana valued at over $4,000 and scales.

Williams and Smithen were arrested without incident and are being held without bond in Prince William County. Williams teaches third grade at Polk and Smithen is a custodian at the school.