Update: Progress Made in Reston Robbery Investigations
Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 13/165/0193/(5)LHC
August 21, 2013
UPDATE: Progress Made in Reston Robbery Investigations
Reston Police District – Detectives are continuing to follow up and investigate robberies in the Reston District and have arrested several suspects this summer. Two Reston area juveniles have been arrested and connected to multiple incidents. Two adults have also been arrested; including Ali Lewis (info in update below) and Charles Robinson, 18, who was charged in the June 9 robbery of the bicyclist.
Police have also charged a teen in connection with a robbery that took place on June 22. A 17-year-old man was charged with robbery of a food delivery employee in the 2000 block of Durand Drive.
Police, however, request that residents stay alert and call police if they notice suspicious behavior. There are still recent unsolved incidents and police urge residents to call with any information. In a recent case on August 7, a man was assaulted while walking in the 11500 block of Maple Ridge Road. His money and belongings were reportedly taken by two black men.
Officers also responded to a report of an attempted robbery of a 21-year-old man walking near the intersection of Bluemont Way and Discover Street at around 1:15 a.m., Thursday, August 21. A man wearing solid black clothing reportedly came out of the woods, produced a knife, grabbed and demanded money from the victim. After a brief altercation, the victim fled and called police. The suspect was described as Hispanic, between 30 and 40 years old, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 160-170 pounds.
Detectives continue to vigorously investigate the remaining cases and are following up numerous leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
UPDATE (July 9, 2013)
Reston Police District – Police have charged one adult and three juveniles in connection with the June 7 robbery and assault near Pinecrest Road. The adult, Ali Lewis, 19 of Freetown Court, Reston was charged with robbery on June 21.
Detectives linked the four suspects to the incident based on a tip they received from the public. Police have not linked these suspects to the other incidents and are still seeking information and tips from the public on those cases.
Robberies on Paths Possibly Connected (June 14, 2013)
Reston Police District – Detectives in the Reston Police District are investigating four recent robberies and assaults on Reston area paths that may be connected.
In three of the incidents, victims were walking when they were approached by groups of young men, physically assaulted, then robbed. In a fourth incident, the victim was a bicyclist. Each of the incidents happened during daylight hours between 3:25 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The most recent incident took place Thursday, June 13 at around 3:25 p.m. A 23-year-old man was walking home from the store along a path adjacent to a soccer field at Hunters Woods Park when three men approached him from behind, knocked him to the ground, demanded his belongings and assaulted him. They took his belongings and walked away, northbound on the pathway. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and walked to a nearby business to contact police.
The suspects were described as two black males, around 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds. One wore an orange tank top and appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s. The other wore a light red polo shirt. The third suspect was possibly Hispanic, same height, between 18-20 years old and thin. He wore a navy and gray, striped, loose pants and possibly a gray shirt.
The other incidents took place:
- Monday, June 3, 7:50 p.m. Two men were walking along a path near Moorings Drive and North Shore Drive when they were approached by a group of men who demanded money, assaulted them, stole their belongings and fled.
- Friday, June 7, 9 p.m. A 31-year-old man was walking on a path near the community center at 12125 Pinecrest Road when he was reportedly approached by four young men who spoke to the victim, punched him and then took the victim’s belongings after he fell to the ground. They fled down the path.
- Sunday, June 9, 6:20 p.m. A 42-year-old man was riding his bicycle on a path behind Hunters Woods Plaza when he was approached by a group of four young men. One of them pushed the victim off of his bicycle and began to assault him; punching and kicking. They grabbed the victim’s money and belongings, yelled at him and fled. The victim yelled for help and a walker assisted him and called police and rescue. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated for broken bones and other non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.