Manhunt underway for man escaping barricade in Alexandria

Manhunt underway for man escaping barricade in Fairfax County. (Photo: Fairfax County Police)

After a man barricaded himself inside an Alexandria motel room, police initially believed he was still inside when he actually escaped through the ceiling and got away.

Fairfax County Police got word that 32-year-old Alton Thodos was staying at the Virginia Lodge on the 6000 block of Richmond Highway. Thodos has multiple warrants for grand larceny, credit card theft, credit card fraud and a probation violation.

When officers went to the motel to serve the warrants, Thodos barricaded himself inside.

“He immediately started making threats against his life when we tried to enter the motel room,” officer Tara Gerhard said.

He was not alone. A woman was with him but was not harmed.

Fairfax County Police brought out the SWAT team, K-9 units and had an ambulance on standby, which is the department standard when a suspect is holed up.

But Thodos gave police the slip earlier in the day.

“It sounded like he created a hole," Gerhard said. "Our Special Operations division ended up believing he was still in the ceiling. Our Special Operations shot teargas into the ceiling to try to flush him out. And shortly there after, we learned through surveillance footage that he actually left the building."

He went through the ceiling, into the attic and left before the rest of the officers arrived to surround the building. Initially only two or three officers went to serve the warrants.

Thodos is described as standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 175 pounds. He has a beard and was wearing a red hat and a white shirt. Thodos may be driving a silver 2013 BMW X1 with Virginia tags UZE-8869.

Anyone with information on where he might is asked to call the non-emergency number at (703) 691-2131.

Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

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