Man Arrested after Armed Carjacking

050917 John Holomon Russell

John Holomon Russell

Franconia Police District – Shortly after 6 this morning, a man approached a 36-year-old woman driving a blue Nissan Rogue at the intersection of East Drive and Telegraph Road. The man pulled out a gun, threatened the woman and told her to get out of her car; she complied and did not require medical attention. The suspect then fled in the Nissan. Police were called and a lookout was broadcast for the suspect and vehicle.

Officers quickly located the car in the 5900 block of Edgehill Drive, still being driven by the suspect. They initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect fled. He struck a tree and four cars as he sped away; stopping at the dead end on Edgehill Drive. He bailed out of the car and fled on foot.

Patrol officers, K9 and the helicopter (Fairfax 1) began an intensive search. Schools nearby were notified and went in to “Secure the Building” status, or delayed opening.

A resident in the area provided officers with an image of the suspect they captured on their home security camera. The Media Relations Bureau sent that and numerous additional messages out via social media.

Shortly after 8, a suspect matching the description given in the earlier lookout, was stopped while walking, near the intersection of Fairhaven Avenue and North Kings Highway. He was positively identified, arrested and taken to the Adult Detention Center.

The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old, John Holomon Russell, of no fixed address.

He has been charged with carjacking, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony speed to elude, four counts of misdemeanor hit and run and driving on a suspended license.

Anyone who witnessed the initial carjacking or with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 703-246-7800, or Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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