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Lenny Harris, community activist, missing

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Police are searching for a man who used the credit card of a missing community activist from Alexandria shortly after the man disappeared.

Lenwood “Lenny” Harris was last seen around 9 p.m. last Wednesday when he left the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Old Town Alexandria. Police believe he is endangered.

A man used Harris’ credit card shortly after 1 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, on King Street. Police have distributed a photo of the man taken by a surveillance camera, in which the man is seen with a mustache and a small goatee as well as tattoos on both arms.

His car is still missing, but police tracked his iPhone Thursday to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in an emergency pulloff lane on the outer loop heading toward Maryland. Harris didn’t show up for a presentation at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.

“You know you get that little thing in the pit of your stomach, and then I just said, if something happened to him, then I believe the God will protect him,” Harris’ wife Deborah said.

Married to Harris for 19 years, Deborah waits for information at the couple's home in Del Ray.

Harris is described as 6’1”, 210 pounds and has dark hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray sweat top and gray sweat pants. The 53-year-old was driving a light blue Toyota Corolla with a Virginia license plate numbered XKG-8385.

Anyone with information about the person of interest is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4711 or 703.838.4444.

Harris, who has a 20-year-old daughter, has been a fixture in Alexandria for years. HE founded Operation Hope, a non-profit that provides free services to the community, including the annual One Love festival.

“Alexandria needs him as much as his family does because he did--and he does--care about his community,” said Jason Felder, a friend of Harris. He doesn’t believe Harris left by his own accord, saying that there were no signs Harris was acting strangely.

“Let him come home. He has a family --and we love him--no matter what,” Felder said.

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