18-year-old arrested in double homicide

Published 11:41 am Friday, February 14, 2020

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An 18-year-old Alexandria teen has been arrested and charged in a double homicide that occurred in Halifax County on Saturday, Feb. 8.

According to a release from the Virginia State Police (VSP), Mohamed A. Aly was taken into custody without incident in Alexandria on Thursday, Feb. 13.


Aly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Aly is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax.

At 2:51 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, VSP responded to Route 58 in Halifax County near Melon Road. A silver 2009 Nissan Maxima was located in the median with Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, of Alexandria, and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin, 19, of Germantown, Md., found deceased and lying in the grass nearby. Both had suffered gunshot wounds.

“State police personnel have been working around the clock pursuing multiple leads related to this homicide investigation,” said Capt. David O. Cooper II, Commander of the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office. “We cannot thank the public enough for providing the tips and information necessary to aid our special agents with effecting an arrest so quickly.”

According to the VSP the investigation is still ongoing and encouraging anyone with information about this incident or individuals involved to contact us at 434-352-7128 or #77 on a cell phone or to email questions@vsp.virginia.gov.