The robbery happened around 8 p.m. yesterday. A man entered the gas station displayed a gun to an employee and took an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The employee was not injured during the robbery.
Authorities dispatched a police helicopter and several squad cars to look for the suspect, who is described as a black man, about six feet tall and 200 pounds, wearing a dark hooded jacket, a scarf and white gloves.
We were investigating an armed robbery at Sunoco on South Lakes Dr. around 8 pm https://t.co/ECk8xPv8M1
— Fairfax Co. Police (@fairfaxpolice) November 29, 2016
Several readers wrote to us to report hearing or seeing the helicopter. One reader told us they saw four police cars speeding toward the gas station.
Police said the woman was walking down South Lakes near Soapstone about 4:30 p.m. when a man attempted to grab her purse.
The suspect displayed a small knife and a struggle ensued, but the victim was not stabbed.
The suspect fled on foot and was described as Hispanic, about 25 years-old, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and 250 pounds, with a mustache and short hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.
In other weekend crime news:
BURGLARY: 11700 block of Karbon Hill Court, Reston, Sunday, 12:50 a.m. A resident reported that she awakened to a man entering her home through a window. The suspect fled in an unknown direction and was described as white, 20 to 30 years old, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
TRESPASSING: 11000 block of Caris Glenne Drive, Herndon, July 22, 9:30 p.m. A resident reported someone entered their residence and shut off their power. No property was taken.
Moorings Drive/Chatham Colony Court, license plate from vehicle
1400 block of Lake Fairfax Drive, phone from residence
11100 block of North Shore Drive, food from business
8700 block of Potomac Hills Street, purse from vehicle
Police said a 24-year-old man reported her was walking on Glade Drive near Freetown Court about 5:30 a.m. when a gray SUV pulled up next to him.
A male passenger got out of the SUV, pushed the victim to the ground, produced a handgun and demanded money, police said. The victim handed over his wallet containing an undisclosed amount of cash and credit cards. The suspect got back into the SUV which then fled west on Glade Drive.
The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as a black male, 30 to 35 years old, wearing dark clothing.