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Police link Loudoun, Fairfax robberies

The armed robberies of three salons, a convenience store and a fast food restaurant in Loudoun and Fairfax counties are believed to be connected, according to the Loudoun sheriff’s office.

Three robberies in Ashburn in September -- targeting a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant and two Hair Cuttery salons -- were linked Friday to two additional robberies in Fairfax in July and September, authorities said.

In all five instances, the suspect brandished a knife and removed cash from a register before fleeing on foot, according to police.

The suspect is described as a white male believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5’ 8" to 5’ 10" tall with a stocky build and dark blonde hair, police said.

He first struck in Fairfax on July 26 at a Chantilly Cash & Carry on Lee Jackson Memorial Drive, authorities said; then, more than a month later, the same suspect entered a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in Ashburn on Sept. 6, where he pulled a knife and demanded cash.

The next day, police believe that the suspect returned to Fairfax, where he robbed a Hair Cuttery salon in Centreville on Sept. 7. Two additional Hair Cuttery salons in Loudoun were robbed on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, police said.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s office responded to the spate of robberies by increasing patrols in Ashburn, according to Kraig Troxell, sheriff’s spokesman.

Police are alarmed by the increased frequency of the attacks, Troxell said.

A significant period of time passed between the first and second incidents, Troxell said — “then all of a sudden he hits every few days.”

No one has been hurt in any of the incidents so far, Troxell said, but there is concern regarding the suspect’s state of mind and the possibility that the robberies could turn violent.

“He’s bringing a knife into it, and there’s some concern that at some point he may be confronted or he may decide to escalate even further,”

Troxell said. “There’s some kind of desperation here -- is it financial desperation or addiction desperation? And how desperate is he? The escalation seems to indicate that he’s getting even more desperate.”

The Loudoun sheriff’s office is working with Fairfax police on the case, Troxell said, and they’re also looking into any possible connections to similar robberies in neighboring jurisdictions.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video during the Sept. 6 robbery, and images were released to the public in the hopes that he might be identified, Troxell said.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Investigator M. Bush of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

-- Caitlin Gibson

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 17, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Loudoun , Updates  
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