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Ashburn neighbors of Charles Severance describe him as quiet, odd

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ASHBURN, Va. -

Ashburn, Va., is where Charles Severance is believed to have last resided before he turned up in West Virginia. The person of interest in the unsolved murders in Alexandria lived in an end unit townhouse on Gala Circle in Ashburn with a woman for about the last six years.

The residents in this neighborhood will tell you Severance was strange, rode a bike around, lit bonfires under his own deck, and while generally pleasant, he was known as something of an odd presence in this area.

Neighbors say less than 48 hours ago, federal and local SWAT units entered the home here and searched for nearly seven hours. Many say they did not know what was going on until Friday morning when they saw the police reports of Severance’s arrest in West Virginia and starting putting the clues together.

Neighbor Becky Hart said she has never seen anything like it.

“Cops were lined up with guns … all lined up along the house,” she said. “I thought this was more than something normal.”

Severance's family is from Oakton, Va., and he had previously used his parents address as his own. But neighbors tell us there that while they had occasionally seen him around the home, he did not live there.

People who know the Severance family say they are well liked and respected in their neighborhood. However, they rarely spoke about their son.

“I never ever really interacted with him,” said Kent Miller. “He was close to his family and he was in and out for a while and then I did hear he went down to Alexandria. I just never asked any more questions. He never came back.”

G.V. McKinley, an attorney from Cumberland, Md., told FOX 5 he represented Severance in two separate incidents in 2005. One was an assault case and the other was an indecent exposure case. He also says Severance also owned a home in Cumberland and would open it to people with no money for free. McKinley says while Severance did have problems with neighbors there, he is shocked about the recent developments.


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