Alexandria Transit Company Issues Statement Regarding Incident that Occurred February 23, 2023

Alexandria Transit Company Issues Statement Regarding Incident that Occurred February 23, 2023

February 27, 2023

An Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) bus was the victim of a carjacking incident at approximately 9:45pm on Thursday, February 23, 2023. The incident involved an out of service transit vehicle, which was taken by a suspect who is now in the custody of the
Alexandria Police Department. There were no injuries and no weapons in connection with the incident, and the bus sustained only minor damages.

At the time of the incident, the vehicle was unoccupied and had no passengers on board. The suspect is charged with grand larceny auto, drunk in public, driving while intoxicated, accident hit and run property damage, and other traffic offenses.

“One of our DASH employees was the victim of the theft of a DASH bus while on an authorized break. The vehicle was out of service and had no passengers on board. Our driver acted swiftly to notify authorities and was able to overpower the perpetrator, safely stopping the vehicle after a minor collision without any injuries or further property damage. We are grateful and proud of his heroic actions ensuring there were no injuries as a result of this crime.” said Josh Baker, General Manager and CEO of the Alexandria Transit Company.

“We are conducting an internal investigation to ensure no such incident may occur in the future and intend to pursue
charges against the perpetrator of this crime.”

“We cannot comment further on this matter due to the pending charges, however I want to assure our riders and the citizens of Alexandria that DASH maintains safety as our top priority and will immediately implement any recommendations resulting from our investigation that may help to ensure such an act cannot be committed in the future.”

Because an internal investigation of the incident is ongoing and there are charges connected with the event, no further comment can be made until the conclusion of the investigation.