Man assaults people with hammer in West End

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Man assaults people with hammer in West End
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By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected]

A man who attacked several people with a hammer in a West End CVS Pharmacy on Tuesday night was arrested by Alexandria police on Wednesday. The attack left several victims injured, as well as the suspect who was taken into custody in critical condition, according to reports.

At about 10:48 p.m. on Tuesday police responded to a call claiming a man had attacked a customer in The Shops at Mark Center, located at 1458 N. Beauregard St. According to the Alexandria Police Department, a male suspect entered the CVS and assaulted multiple victims, including a 56-year-old male customer and a 19-year-old female, with a “handheld blunt object.” Multiple reports identified the object as a hammer. The male victim sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and the female victim experienced a non-life-threatening injury during the incident but not caused directly by the suspect. After the suspect fled, police found him at a nearby apartment complex with self-inflicted wounds to the head.

According to a Tweet from APD, police took the unknown suspect into custody and were canvassing the area for witnesses and evidence. A Fairfax helicopter assisted in the investigation. The suspect is in the hospital being treated for his injuries and undergoing a mental health evaluation.

Anyone with information is advised to contact Detective Matthew Kramarik at 703-746-6650 or Matthew. [email protected] Residents can also call APD’s non-emergency line at 703- 746-4444. Tips can be provided anonymously.

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