Opinion: Commentary: Police Coordination Key to Solving Recent Homicides

Opinion: Commentary: Police Coordination Key to Solving Recent Homicides

Recently, the Mount Vernon District Police Station hosted a community information session to inform the public about the four recent homicides in the area. Police Captain Brian Ruck welcomed community members and reviewed the major crimes statistics from 2017 – 2019, noting that overall crime in our neighborhoods continues to decrease. With regard to the recent homicides, Captain Ruck noted that it was the coordination between the Mount Vernon District Officers, Major Crimes Bureau, Media Relations Bureau and the Gang Unit that enabled officers and detectives to close three of these cases so quickly. While the investigations were ongoing, the District Station also maintained communications with community leaders and increased foot patrols in the area. Captain Ruck attributes much of the team’s success to these efforts, Officer’s knowledge of and relationships in the community, and good “old fashion” detective work.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the officers, detectives and departments for their tireless and diligent efforts to bring these cases to a prompt resolution and make arrests. They truly work every day to make our neighborhoods safer and to connect with our community. Fairfax County continues to be the safest jurisdiction of our size, and it is largely due to the vigilance of our public safety department.

For those who may have missed the information session, detectives believe that none of these acts were random acts of violence and that there is no ongoing threat to public safety. Below are the updates on the cases.

North Hill Park Homicide

Three men from the Mount Vernon area and a juvenile are facing charges related to the gang related death and improper burial of a juvenile whose body was discovered in North Hill Park on May 23, 2019. Armando Dagoberto Reyes Reyes, 27, was charged with murder and abduction on July 2. Two other men, Cesar Antonio Ochoa Carillo, 20, and Doroteo E. Diaz Martinez, 20, have also been arrested and charged with unlawful disposal of a dead body in this same case. The juvenile was charged with murder, abduction and gang participation. Read more... fcpdnews.wordpress.com

Meadow Woods Apartments Homicide

Detectives continue to investigate the Oct. 26 homicide of Xyqwavius Brown, 19, of the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. Detectives do not believe this was a random act of violence and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety. Read more... fcpdnews.wordpress.com

Old Mill Road and Gateshead Road Homicide

A Mount Vernon man has been charged in connection with the murder of Micale Kebede, 31, of the City of Alexandria. Kebede’s body was found on Dec. 18 near a bridge at Old Mill Road and Gateshead Road. Malik Salam, 41, was charged on Dec. 22 with unlawful disposal of a body. Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau obtained an additional warrant for murder. Read more... fcpdnews.wordpress.com

Sequoyah Condos Homicide

A man has been arrested in connection with the homicide that occurred on Dec. 30. Jeremiah Mouzon, 20, of Centreville, faces charges of 2nd degree murder, malicious shooting and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police do not believe this was a random act of violence. Read more... fcpdnews.wordpress.com