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94-year-old Virginia man murdered; woman held over burglary

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A woman charged with burglarizing a Virginia home where an elderly man was found dead will appear in court Friday.

Marie Maybell Johnson, 45, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglarizing the home in Alexandria in November.

Her arrest came hours after a relative found 94-year-old Elmer Roehrs dead in his house.

Johnson has not been charged in Roehrs' death, which authorities have ruled a homicide.

Roehrs's stepson discovered his body about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday at their home in the 2700 block of Holly Street in the Del Ray neighborhood.

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Roehrs apparently suffered trauma to the upper body, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors told News4's Megan McGrath that Roehrs's death stunned them but that the family seemed to have a problem with break-ins and recently installed security equipment.

A surveillance camera is aimed at the front door, and floodlights are installed around the sides of the house. Signs state that a security alarm is in place.

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Marie Maybell Johnson, 45, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglarizing a home in Alexandria in November.

A neighbor said that to her knowledge, no other homes had been burglarized. "I think it's been targeted several times, so yeah, it's a little strange," she said.

Johnson, of no fixed address, was charged with burglary and grand larceny for a break-in that occurred Nov. 27, when someone took silverware and electronic equipment.

Police arrested her about 3:15 a.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on Duke Street.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille often responds to police incidents likely to raise community concern.

"This is the type of incident we certainly don't want to have in our community," he said Wednesday night, "...[and] I have every confidence that [police] will get to the bottom of this, and we'll understand what happened and why and bring this case to a close."

Roehrs's wife, 87-year-old Marian Bouk, owns several condos along Richmond Highway that she rents to people in need, helping them get their lives back together, News4's Pat Collins reported. Neighbors said they would often see tenants dropping off rent checks around the first of the month.

Roehrs' death is the first homicide in Alexandria in 2013. No homicides were reported in Alexandria in 2012.