Charles Severance Arrested: West Virginia Man Could Be Connected to Alexandria Murders (+Photos)

March 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Charles Severance was arrested in West Virginia on an outstanding warrant and it’s possible that he’s connected to the Alexandria, Virginia murders.

Severance was arrested by police in Wheeling at a library after they didn’t find him at his Ashburn home.

He’s currently being held at the Northern Regional Jail. 

Court documents obtained by WUSA show that Severance was sentenced to 12 months for a concealed weapons charge in 2004 but that the sentence was suspended.

He was arrested this time on a felony warrant for possession of a firearm. 

alexandria mug+sketch side by side severance lodato

A comparison of a sketch of the suspect in one of the Alexandria murders, left, and Severance. (Alexandria City Police/Wheeling Police Department)

Severance ran for mayor of Alexandria in 1996 and 2000 but didn’t make it out of the primaries.

The Alexandria murders refer to the unsolved murders of three persons–Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby and Nancy Dunning–that span a decade. 

Alexandria police said via Twitter that the department is looking at all possibilities “but cannot confirm connection to our crimes.”

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