Woman in Custody Following Domestic-Related Homicide in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Police District – A woman is in custody following a domestic-related homicide that occurred early yesterday morning in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. Officers responded to an apartment in the 3000 block of Furman Lane shortly after 8:30 a.m. for a report of a man who had been stabbed. Officers found 32-year-old Charles Alvarez, of Alexandria, suffering from trauma to his upper body. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

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Detectives continued their investigation which revealed that his sister, Sarah Esmeralda Viera, 23, of Alexandria, was responsible for the stabbing. She was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with murder. She is being held without bond.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into the events leading up to the stabbing. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this event to please call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

This is the 3rd homicide year to date in Fairfax County.

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