Arrest Made in Woodlawn Homicide

Mount Vernon Police District – Last night, detectives from our Fugitive Track and Apprehension Unit arrested Kevin Alexander Lemus, 18, of Alexandria. Detectives determined Lemus got into an argument with Darlin Ariel Diaz Flores on Saturday night. The argument escalated to a physical confrontation. Lemus fatally shot Darlin then ran from the area. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe the two men were known to each other.

Detectives combed through surveillance footage throughout the neighborhood and conducted several interviews which led to identifying Lemus as the shooter. Detectives obtained warrants for second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. During the arrest of Lemus, no firearm was found. Lemus was taken to the Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to 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), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App and follow the steps to “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.  

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

(Original published on Sept. 18, 2022)

19-Year-Old Man Dies After Confrontation in Woodlawn

Mount Vernon Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are investigating a homicide after a 19-year-old man was shot outside in an apartment complex in the Woodlawn section of Alexandria. Officers were called at 9:34 p.m. on Sept. 17 to the 8400 block of Graves Street after a community member heard a gunshot and saw an individual laying on the sidewalk. Officers arrived and found Darlin Ariel Diaz Flores of Annandale with gunshot wounds to the upper body. Officers provided life-saving measures and Daiz Flores was transported to Fairfax Hospital with injuries that were considered life threatening. Flores was pronounced deceased at 10:22 p.m. 

Preliminarily, detectives believe Diaz Flores was with a group of friends outside of a nearby apartment when a confrontation took place with a passerby. This argument led to the shooting. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, who was wearing a black hoodie and black pants at the time of the incident.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to 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), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App and follow the steps to “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.  

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