Va. robbery attempt targeted: Police
A botched Thursday night robbery at a Sterling home that left one man dead and another critically wounded was not a random crime, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
"We do feel very confident that it was targeted rather than random," said Loudoun Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson. Authorities said that the incident was not believed to be gang-related.
Two men burst into the two-story single-family home at 1205 East Kennedy Road at around 8:30 p.m. and assaulted a man who lived there, authorities said. Seven people were inside the house when the alleged robbery occurred, all of whom have been identified and interviewed by police, according to the sheriff's office. They told deputies that the two men were trying to rob them.
The alleged robbers "knew what they were coming for and where it was, so either they have been there before or someone who has been there before instructed them where to go and what to do," Simpson said.
The three men involved in the confrontation were all in their late 20s or early to mid-30s, Simpson said. Both of the alleged robbers were shot by a man who lived in the house, he said.
"One of the subjects went down immediately," Simpson said. "The other was able to run out of the house and got a ride to the hospital." Simpson said.
Anthony D. Miles, 28, of Manassas, was found shot in the home. He was taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital at Lansdowne, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
A second 32-year-old man was driven to the same hospital and was later transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound. He was listed in stable condition on Friday, according to sheriff's officials. The Sheriff's Office said it would not release the names of the two men who were shot until their families had been located and notified, a process authorities described as "ongoing."
The resident of the home who shot the two men suffered only a bloody nose, and was treated and released from the hospital, according to police.
Yellow police tape still encircled the front yard of the brown-shuttered house on Friday morning, with two vehicles -- a rusted Ford pickup and a maroon Mercury SUV -- parked along the curb in front. The tree-lined streets of the suburban neighborhood were quiet, and the few neighbors who were home said they did not realize anything had happened Thursday night until the police and ambulances pulled up shortly before 9 p.m.
One neighbor said she saw the man who lives in the house, whose name she did not know, taken from the house by police about an hour after they loaded the 28-year-old man into an ambulance around 9:15 p.m.
"It looked like they were trying to do CPR on him, but he didn't look alive," she said. She spoke on condition of anonymity, citing concerns for her safety.
She said she did not know her neighbor well. "He was very quiet," she said.
Police have not yet announced any charges in connection with the incident. Police said they recovered the vehicle used to transport the second alleged robber to the hospital, but are still seeking the identity of the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0445.
[This item has been updated since it was first published.]
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