Argument Over Tattoo Sparked Christmas Day Killing in Falls Church, Police Say

A man stabbed another man to death on Christmas Day in Northern Virginia after the two argued about a tattoo, police say.

Edgar Armando Serrano, 23, was found early Friday with stab wounds on a sidewalk in Falls Church, Virginia. The Annandale resident was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Monday they believe Santos Narcisco Osorio, 34, who was charged with homicide, had argued with Serrano at a party on the 7700 block of Camp Alger Avenue.

"They had been drinking at this party, and around 4 a.m. an argument erupted over one guy's tattoos," Officer Tawny Wright said. "Apparently, [Osorio] took issue with the other guy's tattoos. I think alcohol was the biggest factor here."

Sources said the men, who knew each other, fought over a military tattoo related to a foreign county.

No one responded on Monday to knocks on the door of Osorio's apartment in Falls Church. Neighbors said he's from El Salvador.

Police said the two men argued at the party and Serrano ran away. Osorio chased him and caught up with him on the 7600 block of Trail Run Road, a residential area just off Arlington Boulevard. Osorio assaulted Serrano with "a sharp instrument" and then fled, police said.

Serrano's body was found near the home of Thomas Harmon. Police knocked on his door at 4 a.m. 

"It's the most surprising thing that's ever happened to me on Christmas," Harmon said. 

Osorio was arrested at his home about 4 p.m. Christmas Day. He appeared in court Monday and is being held without bond pending trial.

The cause and manner of Serrano's death will be determined by the county medical examiner.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by texting “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES (274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477). Or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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