Update: Metro Transit Police have arrested 49 year old Isom Cooper in connection with a vehicle theft this morning at Addison Road Station.
Cooper was taken into custody this afternoon by Fairfax County Police at a hotel on Van Dorn Street. He was interviewed by Fairfax County Police and Metro Transit Police detectives and subsequently arrested in connection with the theft of auto. Other charges may be pending.
Earlier today, A smartphone left in a stolen car helped Metro Transit Police recover the vehicle, but not before a shot was fired during the chase.
This incident began at the Addison Road Metro station (in Prince George's County), and ended on the border between Fairfax County and Alexandria, near the Van Dorn Street Beltway entrance.
Because of major track work, there is no rail service at the Addison Road station, this weekend. Shuttle buses are moving passengers to other Blue Line stations. Shortly after 7:00 a.m., Saturday, a Metro employee left her car unattended, briefly, at the station's Kiss And Ride lot.
A man got in the car and drove it away. Unbeknownst to him, the owner had left her smartphone in the car, and that phone had a "find me" application on it. That allowed Metro Transit Police to track the car into Virginia.
In front of the Safeway supermarket at the Kingstown shopping center, a transit police officer and the suspected thief got into some kind of altercation, wherein the officer says he or she was dragged. The police officer fired a service handgun at least once in the parking lot. Several sources confirm: neither the thief nor any bystander was injured by the gunfire.
The thief drove away from the shopping center, and, about a mile away (at the Van Dorn Street entrance to the Beltway), he managed to slam the car into a ditch. A source says the thief left the vehicle on foot, and ran across the street to the Comfort Inn hotel parking lot, where he apparently shed his jacket.
Transit, Fairfax, and Alexandria police blanketed the area, and hotel guests were told to stay in their rooms. The suspect managed to slip away, possibly into the woods behind the hotel.
Back at the Safeway, where the shot was fired, a review of security video produced a suspect photo. He is described by Metro Transit Police as: a black male, mid-to-late 40's, about 5-5, with a bald head, facial hair, and he was wearing dark glasses.
He is also described as "having a 'growth' on the side of his neck'" similar in size to an Adam's apple.
Metro Transit Police are hoping a tipster will call with information at 202.962.2121.
The transit officer who fired at the thief is on routine administrative leave while that department (and Fairfax County Police) investigate the shooting.
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