Fairfax Co. police nab 23-year-old carjacking suspect after 2-hour search

WASHINGTON — A 23-year-old man has been charged with carjacking after Fairfax County police said he threatened a woman with a gun early Tuesday morning, stole her SUV and led police on a two-hour car and foot chase that included a helicopter and K-9 units.

John Holomon Russell, who police said had no fixed address, has also been charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon and several driving-related offenses, Fairfax County police said in a news release.

Police said Russell approached a woman driving a blue Nissan Rogue just after 6 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of East Drive and Telegraph Road in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. He pulled out a gun and threatened the woman, ordering her out of the car and driving off, police said.

Officers quickly located the vehicle in the 5900 block of Edgehill Drive and attempted a traffic stop, authorities said. But Russell fled, striking a tree and four others cars, before ditching the SUV and running away on foot, police said.

About two hours later, officers located Russell walking near the intersection of Fairhaven Avenue and North Kings Highway, where he was arrested.

The extensive police search, which included a police helicopter and K-9 units, spurred some nearby schools to temporarily heighten security and some to delay opening.

WTOP’s Anna Isaacs contributed to this report. 

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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