Updated: Alexandria Police Investigating Suspicious Death on Holly Street in Del Ray

Police responded to a call of "trouble unknown" early Wednesday evening.

10:41 p.m. update — David Bouk, a resident of the Holly Street home where the deceased man was found Wednesday, reported two burglaries at the home in 2011.

Bouk even addressed City Council about the “persistent” issue that March.

“Crime has apparently come to the neighborhood in a fairly persistent manner,” Bouk told council in 2011, mentioning that one of the burglaries occurred while he took his “mother’s husband” to the hospital.

“This is not something that we’re used to and I can tell you it’s ceasing to be funny real quick.” Bouk said. “I just wanted to call this to the [council’s] attention that neighborhoods that haven’t been experiencing persistent crime are now experiencing it. … This is not just a random thing. This is persistent. … Both times [the house was burglarized] no one was home. … They go for easy things like cash and jewelry.”

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10:30 p.m. update — Alexandria Police Deputy Chief Cleveland Spruill told Fox 5 the police have no information about a possible killer or description of a murder suspect.

The residence where the man was found is located around the corner from the W. Mount Ida home where Nancy Dunning, the wife of then-Alexandria Sheriff Jim Dunning, was murdered in December 2003. 

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9:44 p.m. update. — The Alexandria Police Department is reporting that the 94-year-old male suffered "upper body trauma." The victim’s identity is being held pending notification of next of kin.

According to a myfoxdc.com report, the man was killed during an apparent robbery.

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9:05 p.m. update — The deceased has been identified as a 94-year-old white male, according to sources with information about the investigation. His body was discovered by a stepson. 

The case is being treated as a suspicious death until police can move the body and analyze the scene.

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Alexandria police are investigating a suspicious death of a man Wednesday in a home in the 2700 block of Holly Street, near its intersection with W. Mount Ida Avenue.

The police responded to a call of “trouble unknown” between 6:30 and 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Alexandria Police Department spokesperson Ashley Hildebrandt said.

“Officers arrived and found the victim in the residence,” Hildebrandt said. “Medics arrived a short time later and pronounced him at the scene. We’re investigating it right now.”

The APD’s Criminal Scene Investigations truck arrived on the scene around 8:20 p.m.

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matt tallmerq February 14, 2013 at 08:38 PM
WestEnder: Was that to me or someone else?
Cathryn S February 14, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Holly Street is not even in the same zipcode as the Mayor's house, unless he has moved from E. Nelson.
matt tallmerq February 14, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Ok strike comment re: Mayor. The point remains the same: APD sits a car in front of a house that once was burglarized while a house in North Old Town is broken into and lived in for a full month by a squatter, and all the other incidents laid out above. We met with APD mulitiple times and got no assistance.
Linda Kelly February 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Matt-these folks had their home burglarized twice and their car broken into within the course of three months. The homeowner testified to City Council about it, which is probably why they got some attention from the police, not to mention that the house in which Nancy Dunning was murdered is within spitting distance. Now the home has been invaded a THIRD time and a homicide has resulted. Are you trying to argue that the police presence was unwarranted? I am having a hard time following that logic.
matt tallmerq February 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
My hearts and prayers and sympathies go out to this poor family. But we - the folks in North Old Town living near the Old Town Grocery and Old Town Commons -- held numerous meetings with Council and the Mayor, as well as City staff and APD. We signed a huge petition that was presented to Council. We spoke at numerous Council meetings. We got zero response until the store was raided. But it continues operating and attracting suspicious characters (i.e., people who go in and come up without any bags or apparent purchases). APD's response: Show us proof a crime was committed. We also have had serveral multiple burglaries in our area and, again, no respoinse from APD. We warned APD the situation was getting worse and worried about a shootout. When that happened, APD's response essentially was things happen. My only point is there seems to be a double standard in APD enforcement.


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