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(9/4/2019, 1515 hrs). Two males were caught by the Alexandria Police Department Patrol Division this morning after breaking into multiple cars and an apartment on Downing Street. APD received a call at around 3:45 a.m. when a witness reported two suspects pulling on car door handles in an apartment complex parking lot.
Responding officers searched the scene and found a sliding glass door of an apartment slightly open. The resident allowed a search of the home, and officers found D’Marcus Tucker, 24, attempting to hide under a bed, and found John Lyons, 28, hiding in a closet. A stolen handgun found in the closet with Lyons was later determined to have been stolen the previous night from a vehicle at an apartment complex on Twin Bridges Road.
Officers discovered a safe and other personal items outside the apartment which belonged to the resident, indicating Tucker and Lyons had broken into the apartment earlier and then fled back to the apartment when they were seen breaking into vehicles. At least two vehicles at the Downing Street apartment complex were burglarized.
Detectives later identified Lyons as a suspect in a burglary August 24 on Mildred Avenue in which two males were seen checking door handles and entering vehicles. When officers arrived on Mildred, the two males fled on foot. Justin Hickman was caught and charged with vehicle burglary, and the second suspect who escaped at that time has now been identified as Lyons and is being charged with that burglary. According to information learned by detectives, Lyons and Tucker were committing burglaries in order to raise money to bond Hickman out of jail.
“The arrests this morning show that APD will act quickly to address concerns from our community,” said Mayor Jeffrey Hall. “Addressing crime is a community effort, and we are grateful for those who are watching day and night to keep our neighborhoods safe. We won’t tolerate anything less than safety for our citizens.”
“I’m extremely proud of our men and women from Patrol Shift-Delta who responded to the scene and apprehended these two burglars,” said Chief Jerrod King. “They did a great job, responding quickly and professionally, and were able to get two potentially dangerous criminals off the streets.
“I also want to thank the citizen who saw the suspects in the parking lot and made the call that led to their capture. Too often, people see something that they think is criminal activity and they don’t make the call. We ask all of our residents to keep an eye out for yourself and your neighbors, and if you see something, say something.”
Both Tucker and Lyons are being charged with three counts of Simple Burglary of a Vehicle and one count of Aggravated Burglary of the apartment. Lyons is also being charged with an additional count of Simple Burglary of a Vehicle for the incident on August 24. Tucker is already out on bond on several different burglary charges, as well as three counts of rape of a juvenile from February.
A booking photo for Lyons is not yet available.
D'Marcus Quentavis Tucker, 11/05/1994
6212 Eagle Way, Alexandria