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Posted at 9:28 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Store manager chases, rams robbers

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

The manager of a Prince William grocery jumped into his car and chased armed men who had just robbed his store, and continued after them even when they shot his car, police said.

The masked men walked into Platanillos Grocery in the 14300 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge just before 7 p.m. Sunday and announced a robbery. They demanded -- and stole -- money and about $100,000 in jewelry, police said.
Garcia Guinea, Jesus.jpg
Jesus Garcia-Guinea

Then they left the store and got into a car.

The manager got into his own car and gave chase.

He crashed into the robbers' car several times in an effort to stop them, police said. One of the robbers then opened fire on the manager's car and hit it, but missed the manager.

Undeterred, the manager rammed the robbers' car two more times, police said.

He then returned to the store and called police.

The robbers' car was later found abandoned by Virginia State Police near Interstate 95 and Gordon Boulevard. Inside, police found a handgun and some of the jewelry stolen from the store.

In connection with the case, police are looking for Jesus Garcia-Guinea, 38, of 131 Webster St N.W., Apt. 12 in the District. Garcia-Guines also has ties to Hyattsville, police said. They warn he is armed and dangerous.

Detectives are also looking for another suspect in connection with the case.

By Allison Klein  | December 22, 2010; 9:28 AM ET
Categories:  Allison Klein, Pr. William, Robbery  
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Good job for posting the picture!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 22, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

LOL not the address and the apartment number; this is alot of information around Christmas time; hope there is reward out..

Posted by: shadon1 | December 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

No fear people, illegal immigration is bringing a crime like this to your area soon! Stay tuned!

Posted by: HotelGuest | December 22, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: sunflower32u2 | December 22, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Bravo to the shopkeeper. Glad he didn't get hurt.

Am I the only one who is wondering why there was $100,000+ in jewelry in a grocery store? Does this shop do a variety of businesses?

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hello editors: Would be nice to have a caption on the photo. Let us know if he is the hero (or uninsured jewelry salesman) or if he is one of the wanted gunmen?

If the hero, don't you think you have now furnished the gunmen with his name and photo, so they can dispatch the key witness? Have you people no brains at all?

A labeled photo of the felon(s) would be much more constructive. BTW: You spell the name of the known offender two ways: Garcia-Guinea and Garcia-Guines. Which is it?

Lord, this paper gets weaker and weaker every day.

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 22, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This Shopkeeper should be arrested and deported ASAP. Guns are bad, and children could be injured.

Posted by: cr10 | December 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Here is the offender's Hyattsville address, as of last year at least:

Defendant Information
Address:804 COX AVE
City: HYATTSVILLEState:MDZip Code:20783

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 22, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

What kind of grocery store has $100,000 in jewelry?

Posted by: nativedc | December 22, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

cr10 wrote: "This Shopkeeper should be arrested and deported ASAP. Guns are bad, and children could be injured."


That a joke? He's the one who had the gun fired AT him, ya racist knucklehead.

And, yes, the pic is likely the offender, but please caption it.

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

What is $100,000 in jewelry -- there for the pickin' -- doing in a grocery store located in a VERY seedy part of seedy Woodbridge?

Posted by: slipuvalad | December 22, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

No fear people, illegal immigration is bringing a crime like this to your area soon! Stay tuned!

Posted by: HotelGuest | December 22, 2010 11:14 AM
I read the article several times and still don't see where it says that the suspect was an illegal alien like you wrote. Can you please tell me where this was written?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 22, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Earth to HotelGuest and cr10: there are many many Hispanics who are US citizens. Just because someone has an Hispanic name doesn't mean he's here illegally.

And if you two are US citizens -- clearly being a citizen doesn't mean you know how to read simple English! The "shopkeeper" didn't shoot anyone, cr10! Jeez, people, learn how to read!

Posted by: cleopatra3 | December 22, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the manager got some of the jewelry back. There are many grocery stores that sells items other than groceries. My God, some people are so narrow-minded I don't know how they function.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | December 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Anyone watch Border Wars?

Our border is a joke! Couple of guys trying to defend a wide area in local Texas border. No structural hindrance between the rivers. They just come over on these primitive tire tubes; take a short walk, have a breather in a local motel right across the border, and take a nice, leisure walk to a highway, where they are picked up and taken to all over America.

Posted by: bluebellknoll | December 23, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The photo "is" captioned... It is above the 3rd paragraph to the right of the photo.

Posted by: anon57 | December 23, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

As several commenters pointed out, the suspect may be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Surnames are not an indicator of immigration status.

Second, commenters on this story and other stories in the WaPo assume that illegal aliens enter only via our southern border w/Mexico. There are many ways that immigrants may be here illegally.

Example: Someone visits the United States on a B visitor visa. The visitor may overstay the visa's validity period and disappear into the cash economy. Similarly, aliens may enter the country via H-1B or L-1 business visas and then overstay their visits.

The point is that a substantial number of illegal immigrants present in the United States are from many countries, not just Mexico or Central American countries. Such countries include Pakistan, India, Ireland, the Philippines, South Korea, etc. (So far now illegal immigration from Antarctica -- yet. LOL I am attempting to inject some humor here because so many of the comments in the WaPo are angry.)

Posted by: RockvilleBear | December 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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