Thursday, October 18, 2007

news from my hometown

With thanks to Richardson, I've got news of an incident literally right down the street from where I used to live in Alexandria, Virginia:

October 17, 2007 - 7:35pm

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An armed man who barricaded himself inside a bus for nearly four hours surrendered to police Wednesday night.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., the man stepped off of the bus and armed SWAT team members arrested him and took him into custody.

The unidentified man barricaded himself inside a Fairfax Connector bus on Route 1 after ordering the passengers and driver off the vehicle around 3 p.m., Fairfax County Police say.

Police received a call about a suspicious man riding a bus and when they drove up to the bus and attempted to pull over the bus, the man showed a gun, ABC-7 Reporter John Gonzales says.

A witness tells Gonzales passengers ran to the back of the bus and jumped out of the emergency exit.

Police closed off Route 1 in both directions near the Mount Vernon Plaza shopping center, snarling traffic in the area for several hours.

Route 1 has since reopened.

No one was injured in the incident, police say.

Meanwhile, the body of a woman was found in Huntley Meadows Park about two miles away from the scene of the standoff at around 2 p.m.

Police do not know if the woman's death is related to the standoff incident, but say the death is suspicious.



Anonymous said...

Yeah hatte - traffic was chirped tewdaie. NOnono.

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of the article was the last bit. Body of a woman found in a park? Suspicious? Ya think?