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Crime Roundup: Police Investigate Three Gas Station Robberies

by Fatimah Waseem February 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm 15 Comments

Local police responded to two robberies at gas stations on Monday. In both cases, the suspect was described as a black man wearing dark clothing, police said.

An armed man robbed the Shell gas station on 12219 Leesburg Pike around 10:20 p.m. No one was injured in the incident, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

In a separate incident, an armed man robbed the Sunoco gas station at 1496 North Point Village Center around 11:05 p.m. The man displayed a handgun and took cash and other property from the business.

In another incident, local police continue to investigate the robbery of a Sunoco gas station in South Lakes. As we reported last week, An armed man robbed the gas station on 11190 South Lakes Drive last Tuesday.

Local police also arrested a juvenile for making an electronic threat against a police officer this month. The threat was made through social media on February 2, according to the police department. The department released no further information and a spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

The police department reported the following incidents:

LARCENIES: 

1300 block of Cassia Street, property from residence

1600 block of Fieldthorn Drive, property from vehicle

STOLEN VEHICLES: 

2100 block of Astoria Circle, 2002 Honda Accord

Herndon’s police department is investigating two robberies over the last week.

On Friday at around 10 p.m., a man armed with a gun demanded money from the cashier of a business on the 600 block of Elden Street.

He left with an undisclosed amount of money and several cigarette packs. The suspect is described as a white made of “average height and build.” He was wearing black clothing and a black ski mask, police said. The investigation is ongoing and police are investigating possible connections with other robberies being handled by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfax County Police Department.

In a separate incident on Sunday, two suspects approached a victim in the lobby of a restaurant on the 13000 block of Worldgate Drive. The suspects took him outside, assaulted him and grabbed his sneakers.

Police located the suspects and transported them to the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, where they were held for robbery, abduction and malicious wounding.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes reported by FCPD should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

  • truffleShuffle

    In both cases, the suspect was described as a black man wearing dark clothing, police said.

    Why do they have to bring race into it. So sad….and misleading. Why not post all the stories where white people are robbing places?

    • Chkitout1

      Had you read the entire story you would have seen that the robbery in Herndon was committed by a white male:
      The suspect is described as a white made of “average height and build.”

    • Greg

      “They” didn’t bring race into it, and it’s not misleading in the least. A black man or men, and armed ones at that, robbed at least two businesses. Those are facts.

      I couldn’t care less what race, color, citizenship, or ethnicity the perp is, but they’re armed and apparently still on the loose. I do care that they are caught and thrown into jail, for a very long time, where they belong.

      • EliteinReston

        Greg, respectfully, without more description of the suspect, the police could stop any black male wearing dark clothing, accuse them of a crime and haul them to jail. It can happen. Consider if the suspect had been white, was wearing dark clothing and was you, your son or someone else you know. How would you feel if the police stopped you and accused you of a crime based on that flimsy description?

      • EliteinReston

        Greg, respectfully, without more description of the suspect, the police could stop any black male wearing dark clothing, accuse them of a crime and haul them to jail. It can happen. Consider if the suspect had been white, was wearing dark clothing and that you, your son or someone else you know was in that area. How would you feel if the police stopped you and accused you of a crime based on that flimsy description?

      • EliteinReston

        Greg, respectfully, without more description of the suspect, the police could stop any black male wearing dark clothing, accuse them of a crime and haul them to jail. It can happen. Consider if the suspect had been white, was wearing dark clothing and that you, your son or someone else you know was in that area wearing dark clothing. How would you feel if the police stopped you and accused you of a crime based on that flimsy description?

        • Willie Reston

          I get what you’re trying to say but you made quite some exaggerated leaps with your argument there!

          • EliteinReston

            First hand. It happens.

        • Greg

          I see your points; however, you missed an important detail: the robber was armed.

          And, you exaggerated another. While the cops may detain or even arrest take the perp, based on probable cause, they won’t be jailed until an arraignment occurs (since armed robbery is a felony). Even if jailed then, most will be quickly released until trial, a plea deal is reached, the case is dismissed, or some similar event occurs.

          Also, race has nothing to do with it. Any armed robber should be apprehended — including me, you, my kids, your kids, the hooligans living next door, or anyone else.

          As always, if a cop stops me (or you) for any reason, never lie and never disclose more than name, vehicle registration and insurance details, if applicable, and that you want to speak to your lawyer. Never consent to any searches.

    • Mike M

      Are you afraid the obvious will be exposed?

    • Ero

      How is it misleading? These are facts.

  • EliteinReston

    Most news organizations avoid vague descriptions such as “black man, dark clothing” that do not help the public or the authorities identify or find the suspect. More here:
    https://www.poynter.org/news/ap-stylebook-updates-entry-racial-ids-news-stories

    • Greg

      In this case, the description is from the police.

  • RestonAssurance

    Any correlation to the unseasonable weather? Is it drugs or are the consequences of class warfare catching up?

    • I’d rather post as a guest

      I think its the uncertainty related to the upcoming RA elections and how the village centers will be affected by their locally elected warlords. Just a wild guess off course,

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