ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Many Alexandria residents say they're hopeful and cautiously optimistic that there could be a sense of relief soon after three high profile murders in the community. But with nothing confirmed, residents are still being vigilant.
At St. Elmo's Cafe in Del Ray, the sketch of the Lodato suspect hangs on the bulletin board. Word trickled into the coffee shop of an arrest in West Virginia on unrelated charges that could possibly be connected to several high profile Alexandria murders.
"You still have the stress of the uncertainty if it's not the right guy," said Alexandria resident Tracy Washington Enger.
Police still watch over Ruthanne Lodato's home and neighborhood.
"I hope the reports are true that they apprehended the right person. It would be some measure of relief to neighbors in the community," said John Kelly, a family friend and spokesman.
Alexandria Mayor William Euille says he's hopeful this is the break they've been looking for.
Euille never ran against Charles Severance but remembers him as a candidate in the 2000 race.
"No matter if it was cold or hot he wore the same long black leather coat. He would answer legitimate question no matter if it were housing or development the same way. He would say that we should legalize marijuana or other drugs and society would be better for it. I knew then he was not a serious candidate," Euille said.