Armed Robber Hits String of Businesses

Updated 5/23

Another Gas Station Held Up
Another Fairfax County gas station was robbed early yesterday, and police were investigating whether it was linked to four holdups last week in which one attendant was shot and a gun was fired in another.

The Shell station in the 8300 block of Old Keene Mill Road, in the Springfield area, was the latest target. About 1:20 a.m. yesterday, an attendant was approached by a man who demanded money but did not show a gun. The robber was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled.

The suspect's description -- a black man in his twenties, 5 feet 4 inches and 150 pounds -- matches the description of a suspect in the four robberies last week. Three armed holdups Wednesday were committed between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., and a Crown gas station attendant in the Franconia area was shot in the face. A fourth armed holdup, of a 7-Eleven in Franconia, occurred the next morning.

-- Tom Jackman

Originally posted 5/22
From Saturday's Metro section:

An armed robber has been on a violent rampage in Fairfax County, shooting one gas station attendant and holding up two gas stations and two convenience stores on consecutive nights, police said.

The first two holdups occurred in the Lorton area last Wednesday. A man walked into the 7-Eleven store in the 9800 block of Gunston Road about 1 a.m., brandished a gun and took money. Fifteen minutes later, a man--police believe he is the same one--approached an attendant at the Shell station in the 8000 block of Lorton Road, robbed him and also robbed a customer at gunpoint.

At 2 a.m. Wednesday, an employee at the Crown gas station in the 5500 block of Franconia Road in the Franconia area was approached by what appeared to be the same man. The employee was robbed and shot in the face, police said. His wound was not life-threatening.

Then at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, a man robbed the 7-Eleven in the 6100 block of Franconia Road. He fired a shot into the store but did not hit anyone.

The robber is described as a black man in his twenties, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 150 to 160 pounds. He wore a black shirt, black pants, black ski mask and black gloves and might have been driving a small blue or black sedan.

-- Tom Jackman

By  |  May 22, 2006; 10:54 AM ET  | Category:  Crime
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