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UPDATE: Police Release Suspect Composite in Homicide

ARide Road Dr. Suspect Compositelexandria Police are seeking the identity of the suspect who shot two women, killing one, in the 2400 block of Ridge Road Drive on February 6, 2014. The suspect is described as an older white male, balding with gray hair, and a full beard. He was last seen wearing tan outerwear, possibly a jacket or work coat.

The public is asked to remember this composite is a compilation of facial features, not a photograph. If any of the features in the composite remind you of someone, please contact the police immediately. Keep in mind that the suspect may have recently changed his appearance.

Anyone recognizing the person depicted in the sketch or anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Sgt. Michael Kochis at 703.746.6864 or email him at Michael.Kochis@alexandriava.gov. Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.

Police Investigate Homicide on Ridge Road Drive

On February 6, at approximately 11:35 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Ridge Road for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located two adult female victims inside a residence.

The victims were transported to local hospitals. One victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The other victim succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. She had been identified as Ruthanne Lodato, 59, Alexandria resident.

Initial investigation indicates the suspect knocked on the door of the residence and shot the two victims when they answered the door. The suspect then fled. He is described as an older white male, balding with gray hair and a full beard.

Police continue to search for the suspect. A Fairfax County Police Department helicopter has been aiding in the search. A preliminary search caused the lockdown of several Alexandria City Public schools. The lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing and very active. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6864. 

3600 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
703.746.1870
TDD 703.838.4896

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Fax: 703.746.1936

Chief of Police
Fax: 703.746.1945

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