Sheriff’s Officer Victim of Early Morning Carjacking, Service Pistol Theft

An officer in the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has been caught up in the investigation around a carjacking and firearm theft that occurred early Wednesday morning in Clarke County.

In the course of the incident, the officer’s service pistol and personal vehicle were taken, and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal affairs investigation.

At around 4:15 a.m. on July 12, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office received 911 call from a person stating that his vehicle was stolen by an unknown person at gunpoint.

The victim was an officer with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office; the suspect is 24-year-old Zaxarea Alzanam from Schenectady, NY.

According to Clarke County Sheriff’s Office the Loudoun officer gave a Alzanam a ride from Loudoun to the J&J Corner Store on Rt. 7 near Berryville. After dropping off Alzanam, the officer found his cell phones were missing.

The victim returned to the J&J to look for Alzanam. Alzanam was able to take a pistol—the officer’s service firearm—from the vehicle, ordered the victim out of his SUV, and drove away north on Sheperds Mill Road.

Shortly thereafter, the Clarke Sheriff’s Office received another call. The vehicle had run off the road and was stuck in the 1300 block of Sheperds Mill Road, about a mile north of Rt. 7. By the time Deputy Jacob Kennedy responded, the vehicle had been freed and was headed back south. Kennedy attempted to pull the SUV over, and the vehicle fled.

Alzanam crashed the vehicle near the intersection of Rt. 7 and Shepherds Mill and fled into the woods on foot.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and Berryville Police Department were called to assist in the ensuing manhunt. A helicopter from Fairfax County Police Department also responded.

The search came to an end at 8:11 a.m. when a resident of nearby Chilly Hollow Road called to say the Alzanam was at his home, and he was holding the suspect at gunpont.

The Winchester Star reported that Brian Morgan noticed cattle behaving unusually, spotted Alzanam running across a field, chased him down in a truck, and fired a shot into the ground and ordered Alzanam onto the ground. He, Shannon Dulaney, and Wayne Warfield Jr. attempted to hold the suspect at gunpoint.

Law enforcement arrived to find Alzanam had nonetheless fled into a nearby parked vehicle and locked the doors.

Alzanam was taken into custody and transported to the Northwest Virginia Regional Adult Detention Center after being medically cleared at the Winchester Medical Center. He was out on parole from New York. He has been charged with carjacking, auto theft, firearm theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and eluding police. He is being held without bound.

Loudoun Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell confirmed that the incident involved the officer’s personal vehicle and service weapon, which was recovered.

“This is an active criminal investigation being conducted by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and it would be inappropriate for any further comment on their criminal case,” Troxell stated. “In addition, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office is conducting a separate internal affairs investigation.”

The Loudoun and Clarke Sheriff’s offices have declined to confirm the identity of Loudoun officer involved, and a Loudoun Sheriff’s Office spokesman was not able to immediately confirm whether one of the phones stolen was issued by the Sheriff’s Office.

This article was updated at 8:14 p.m. to correct the name of Chilly Hollow Road and the Northwest Virginia Regional Adult Detention Center.

4 thoughts on “Sheriff’s Officer Victim of Early Morning Carjacking, Service Pistol Theft

  • 2017-07-17 at 2:38 pm
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    Hard to believe nobody is asking questions in an incident such as this which involves a high ranking member of Sheriff Chapman’s command staff.

  • 2017-07-17 at 10:11 pm
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    Oh, they are asking questions. But the LoCo Sherriff isn’t talking.

    As we tell our kids, nothing good happens after midnight. (or 4:15 am )

  • 2017-07-17 at 10:38 pm
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    This is what he posted while in prison. Take it for what it’s worth as he’s a criminal, not the officer nor the Sheriff. His name is improperly spelled in the article and he is wanted by the State of NY for a parole violation. He has committed many other crimes in his short life, in NY, prior to these. His wife also had a lawsuit against him after his release, which I need to check, but it seems to be criminal/domestic in nature. He previously got 3.5 years and apparently served less as Rikers is a holding area that usually serves less than a year. You do the crime, you do the time. I wonder what his story will be this time as he is crying from the Big House down South!?!

    “I’m 20 years old. This is my first time locked up.
    I’ve been in the box for about 300 days, since May 2012. My wife says I’m not that funny no more, that I’m always pissed off and that I fight for no reason. Before, I wasn’t like this; I’d let things slide. Now, anything small gets me mad. Once a corrections officer opened the door and I almost hit him. Because I’ve been in the box so long, I can’t handle COs talking to me; I spaz out for nothing. I’m also depressed. I get a six-minute call every day, and if I don’t get ahold of someone, I start to cry. If I lose a call, I start crying like crazy.
    Four or five months ago, I started seeing things when I sleep – like devils trying to scare me or hurt me. This never happened when I was outside or in general population – only in the box. I like to pray, so I pray a lot. I feel like someone is trying to fight me or hurt me. Maybe it’s because the box is so noisy; there’s always yelling, and it’s so crazy. Sometimes the COs go into my neighbor’s cell at 3 AM and beat him up. I would wake up to hear that guy getting beaten up.
    There are no regular showers in here. On the days we don’t get showers, everyone floods their cells. We get recreation, but you’ve got to be at the door and flicking the light when they walk by or they’ll just leave you in there. I don’t go to the yard; we only get like 45 minutes, and I feel like an animal. It’s like a dog cage. The conditions in the cells are terrible. Sometimes you go a whole week without water. Once I couldn’t flush my toilet, and I had to do all sorts of stuff to get their attention so they would fix it.
    I’ve suffered brutality and mistreatment by the COs. Once, they put me in the wrong shower stall; the shower glass was broken, so cold air was coming in the shower. I told the guard I needed to change my shower. He took me to a part of the showers where there are no cameras and beat me up. He told a rookie to shackle my legs. He banged my head on the floor, chipped my tooth, blackened my eye and hurt my back. They sort of fixed my tooth, but it still hurts. I filed a grievance, and an IG investigator came and took pictures of my injuries, but I never heard back about what happened. An officer also stole my property, including a picture of my mother I’ve had my whole life and my Koran, which contains all my legal and personal documents.
    I’ve also been harassed because I’m Muslim. They don’t like Muslims. An officer said to me “I don’t negotiate with terrorists.” They make fun of me and make jokes about me because I had a beard. They won’t let me have my Muslim rosaries because they’re different. My wife sent me some and brought me some, and they won’t let me keep them.
    Being in the box makes it harder for you to see visitors and to attend group therapy sessions. I try to attend group therapy once a week, but sometimes they don’t take me to therapy because they don’t have an escort. They tell the therapist that I’ve refused to come, but that’s not true. I’ve been lucky to have visitors a couple times a week. But my visitors sometimes have to wait six or seven hours to visit me. They wait forever because there aren’t enough escorts. When I’m in regular population, they would only have to wait one hour.
    They need to put more cameras at Rikers, in the right spots. If cameras were in all the areas where they were supposed to be, there would be more eyes to watch what goes on.
    I ended up in solitary because I got in a couple fights. A guy who was bigger than me came at me the wrong way, and I felt I had to defend myself. With this being my first time locked up, I didn’t know how to get around in jail. And when my space was violated, I spazzed out. I could’ve handled it another way, but I just flipped. If someone fights you, you still get box days, even if you’re just defending yourself.
    To make the jails a safer place for everyone, they need to put more cameras at Rikers, in the right spots. If cameras were in all the areas where they were supposed to be, there would be more eyes to watch what goes on.
    Zakarea Alzanam
    February 28, 2013”

  • 2017-07-18 at 5:06 pm
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    If 10% of what he posted beatings and malfeasance is true, we have government that just isn’t functioning. The LoCo sheriff won’t say anything about the …ahem, suspicious circumstances surrounding the deputies actions. And yet, people want the government to solve their problems. I wonder what’s happening to this country.

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