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Police: Attempted Robbery at Knifepoint at Hunters Woods

by Karen Goff April 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm 2,371 28 Comments

Fairfax County Police Four teens — including one with a knife — tried to rob a woman of her purse at Hunters Woods Village Center on Wednesday, Fairfax County Police said.

Police said the woman was walking in near 2310 Hunters Woods Plaza about 3:30 p.m. when the suspects attempted to rob her. A nearby citizen saw the fracas and attempted to help the woman.

One of the teens displayed a small knife and threatened the bystander before fleeing the area on foot. They did not obtain the victim’s purse, police said.

The suspects were described as black and in their teens, police said. Some of them had backpacks and one wore a black T-shirt and blue jeans. The victims did not require medical attention.

On Saturday, teenage suspects also tried to rob a cyclist on Soapstone Drive a few blocks from Hunters Woods.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Too bad neither the Victim nor the Samaritan was packing. The world could use a few less thugs.

  • Lisa W

    Jeez, we don’t need to blow teenage kids away. Maybe increase police presence for awhile. I wasn’t exactly squeaky clean as a teenager, so I’m not about to cast judgment.

    • thinkinginvirginia

      How many people did you threaten with a knife?

      • Restonite

        Seriously…there is a difference between not being squeaky cleaning and trying to rob a woman with a knife. I also wouldn’t advocate blowing away teenage kids but this is a bigger problem than “normal” teenage trouble….

        • thinkinginvirginia

          Yes, what if she had resisted. They might have stabbed her…not the same as not being “squeaky clean.” Tolerating these types of “teenage behaviors” facilitates the broken window syndrome.

    • TheKingJAK

      I doubt any of us were squeaky clean as teens, but I also never stole or robbed. If you play that game, then be prepared for the consequences.

  • Restonian

    Not all of them, just one, send a message.

  • Restonian

    Seriously speaking, Reston has always been a peaceful community, I dont know what has been going on in the recent couple years but this petty non-sense has to stop. Im glad another citizen stood up and saw what was happening, I wish I could have been there to help.

    I hope all my other fellow Restonians are as vigilant as the one in this story

    • asfjkl

      Tell you what happened, it’s called “diversity”. Bet dollars to doughnuts none of these youths have a positive male influence in their live. I also wonder if any of them know their father

      • Mystert

        asfjkl – so what’s your point? Other than venting your own prejudices.

        • PotatoSalad

          Probably just looking at statistics. Crime reports have been trending towards a certain demographic in the Reston/Herndon area

          • Mystert

            Potato Salad and a can of worms…yum

    • TheKingJAK

      Well, maybe we define “Peaceful” differently, but if you think Reston has always been peaceful then you haven’t been around as much as some of us here. Yes, it has overall been a good community, especially in relation to other places I’ve stayed, but Reston has always contained its share of crime. I’ve witnessed some pure craziness in my years here, and most of it never made the news. Hunters Woods has been a notorious spot since the 70s, and while they renovated it to brighten it up, you’ll still run into more drunks and druggies around there than most other village centers. A friend of mine manages Safeway, and they’re constantly dealing with this negative element, especially at night. I used to live near Shadowood, and spent plenty of time around Laurel Glade/Stonegate; trust me, serious crime exists. Overall, management has improved some of these areas by lessening their tolerance of illicit behavior, but you can obviously expect to run into trouble in some of these spots, especially at night, and absolutely so around the tunnels.

      I applaud your attitude, and truly appreciate anyone who believes in not only standing up for their neighbors, but also their community in general. Scumbags only take over communities when the residents give up caring, and once the criminals take hold they’re difficult to remove. The best option is to simply remain vigilant, and to aggressively eliminate the problem anytime it begins to make the slightest appearance. Police can only do so much without community involvement, thus, as you’ve stated, I encourage everyone to keep an eye out for one another. Good Samaritans need to be praised, and my heartfelt thanks goes out to the one who stepped up in this situation.

  • Nate_VA

    I think it’s time to install security cameras at the shopping centers and along the paths. It might make it easier to identify future culprits.

    • qwerty

      Surely there are security cameras there? I mean, they are everywhere now and it’s not like this is the first time this kind of thing has happened at Hunters Woods.

    • Leila Gordon

      RCC has security cameras both inside and outside our facilities. We fully cooperate with the police and provide any relevant footage in these kinds of situations.

  • Restonite

    Where are all the cops when all of these events are happening? They seem to be concentrated in certain areas (North Shore/Fairway, Hunter’s Woods, Glade) so why aren’t we seeing more police presence?

    • Paulette Lincoln-Baker

      Exactly!!!

  • Mike M

    Fracas!

    Ten point word, Karen!

  • Brandy

    I’m pretty sure these guys live in my neighborhood. We had our cars broken into. My husbands backpack with knife and leatherman were in the car. Websee the same group of hoodlums every day. Not sure how to prove that though. Sad…

    • comfortinmycar

      Could be any cluster in Reston…including mine. Teenagers hanging around after school … see groups everyday. No longer leave the front of my building after dusk…such a shame.

      • Mike M

        Sorry, but you are whistlin in the graveyard. It’s not just anywhere in Reston. And it’s not just any teenagers. Unfortunately, according to a recent statement I saw in this publication, even Fairfax County Police are in denial about the goings on at this Shopping Center. I drove up Colt’s Neck the other day and a large pack of wild thugs were in a crowd drinking beer in broad daylight in front of the tunnel. I am on guard at this shopping center unlike any other except for the 7-11 on Soapstone which is safer than this danger zone.

        • TheKingJAK

          I’ve heard of similar crowds near the bus stop at Hunters Woods, and a family member came across a drunken brawl on Colts Neck not too long ago. Winterthur is the central point for a great deal of the trouble around there, and it’s been that way for decades.

  • TheKingJAK

    My man, props to you. As far as gangsters go, these knuckleheads sound more like punks with a bit of doped up/mobbed up courage. You can most certainly find some real gangsters in the area, especially from back in the day, but sticking up a lady for a purse is a common thief’s move. Thieves are always low-lifes, and they look for the easiest target.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    The non-emergency phone # for Fairfax County police is 703-691-2131. I hope everyone who reads this will put this in their cell phone and use it. Officer Katy Defoe requests that anyone who has something to report please make the reports quickly. She mentions regarding the April 15 incident: “There was a time lapse in reporting of the incident of 30 minutes or more. Why is that important. We had a K-9 unit available to do a track but because of the pedestrian traffic in the area the time lapse makes it very difficult to get the dog to find a scent.”

  • Michael P. McHugh

    Fracas!

    Ten point word, Karen!

  • Michael P. McHugh

    Sorry, but you are whistlin in the graveyard. It’s not just anywhere in Reston. And it’s not just any teenagers. Unfortunately, according to a recent statement I saw in this publication, even Fairfax County Police are in denial about the goings on at this Shopping Center. I drove up Colt’s Neck the other day and a large pack of wild thugs were in a crowd drinking beer in broad daylight in front of the tunnel. I am on guard at this shopping center unlike any other except for the 7-11 on Soapstone which is safer than this danger zone.

  • JenH

    I recently pressed theft charges against a 13 year old who lives in my neighborhood near HWVC. Police told me he had previously been picked up 4 times, including for going through lockers at RCC. No one else would press charges against him because of his age. His parents declined diversion program, he was convicted before a judge, he appealed, and was let go by jury after his defense council argued they shouldn’t send a child to jail. (At 14 he would not have faced jail). He had his entire extended family show up to support him at trial. THIS is what’s wrong. He roams the neighborhood at all hours, his parents and family have no idea what he’s up to, and they don’t make him take any responsibility…

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