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Carjacking Victim Sought

Alexandria police are seeking a victim of a carjacking attempt that occurred Sunday night in the West End. A suspect, 29-year-old Noureddine Chtaini of Washington, D.C., is in custody on other charges, but police recently learned of another offense he may have committed.

On July 11, around 8:30 p.m., Metropolitan police pursued a Mercedes occupied by two suspects into Alexandria. The vehicle stopped at the intersection of Quantrell and Lincolnia avenues and two suspects got out. One fled and the other, Chtaini, attempted to carjack a man in a Honda, according to police. The victim complied and got out of the Honda, but Chtaini returned to the Mercedes and left the Honda behind.

Police learned that the suspect then drove to the area of Quantrell Avenue and North Armistead Street and got out of the Mercedes again. A flight officer who was following the pursuit from the MPD helicopter observed Chtaini attempting to carjack another victim. According to the MPD flight officer, Chtaini ran up to the driver's side of a car and tried to get in. The driver began to drive away but Chtaini held on and was dragged a short distance. Chtaini let go and then returned to the Mercedes. He drove to a nearby condominium complex where he was apprehended a short time later.

So far, the victim of this carjacking attempt has not reported the incident to police. Investigators are urging this victim to come forward now. The victim or anyone who may have witnessed this offense is asked to contact Det. Jamie Bridgeman at 703-838-4082.

Chtaini is charged with armed carjacking, two counts of statutory burglary, grand larceny auto, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond at the Alexandria jail.

Woman Stabbed Inside Store

A 26-year-old Alexandria area woman was stabbed on Wednesday, July 14, around 9 p.m. inside a convenience store located in the 8600 block of Richmond Highway.

An employee of the store was stabbed on the right side of her lower abdomen by a man with a knife who was hiding inside the rear of the store. She immediately ran to the front of the store and yelled for help. The suspect fled the scene on foot through the rear door of the business. The victim was transported to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. The suspect was described as a black man in his 30s, about six feet three inches tall, with medium length hair possibly braided, weighing 180 pounds. He also had an earring on his right ear lobe. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with black pants. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777.