Suspect in Mount Vernon Arson Sought

Suspect in Mount Vernon Arson Sought

As the investigation into the arson and malicious wounding from Saturday, Nov. 19 continues, detectives are still looking for the suspect, Lewis Edward Reeder. Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a green, 2001 Ford Taurus, four-door; Virginia license plates VPW1915 might be displayed on the car. If seen, do not approach it. Call 911 immediately and provide the location.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Reeder, wanted for allegedly setting a woman on fire in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. At about 1:40 a.m., police and fire units responded to a home in the 4900 block of Keeler Court for the report of a house fire and a disorderly man. Firefighters put out the fire and discovered a 64-year-old woman who had been badly burned. It appears the couple got into an argument and the suspect, of the same address, set the victim on fire. Fire investigators, working alongside FCPD detectives, are working to determine exactly how the suspect did that. The victim was taken to a hospital and her injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Needels at 571-221-8131 or contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477,or by email at,, or text "TIP187" plus a message to CRIMES/274637, or call the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131.