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<sh>Cardinal Bank Robbed

<bt>On Aug. 29, at about 9:29 a.m., Loudoun County sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a robbery at the Cardinal Bank in the 46000 block of Regal Plaza.

A lone male subject reportedly entered the bank at around 9:10 a.m., approached the counter area, brandished a handgun and handed a note to a bank employee. The suspect left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white male approximately 40-50, 5 feet 10 inches, with a medium to heavy build. He was described as having shoulder-length white or blond hair with a similarly colored bushy mustache. He may have been wearing a wig at the time of the robbery. He was also wearing a khaki hat, blue jeans and a light jacket.

<sh>2 Arrested in Mob Attack Case

<bt>Two men have been arrested in connection with the July 18 mob assault of a Lovettsville man. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division apprehended and charged Jonathan Allen Secrist, 18, of no fixed address, and Charles Jeremy Philyaw, 21, of Leesburg with conspiracy to commit mob assault, abduction, and malicious wounding by mob.

Secrist is currently being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond. The Virginia State Police arrested Philyaw on Aug. 28 in Culpeper County. He has since been transported to the Loudoun Adult Detention Center, where he is also being held without bond.

Earlier in August, members of the Criminal Investigations Division arrested two juveniles in connection with the assault. They were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, abduction and malicious wounding.

The case is still under active investigation. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Investigator Suess of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

<sh>Attempted Robbery, Assault in Ashburn

On Sunday Aug. 25, deputies responded for a report of an attempted robbery in Ashburn Farms. A 16-year-old male resident of Ashburn reported that he was walking in the pedestrian tunnel under Ashburn Farms Parkway around 4:30 p.m. when he was confronted by an unknown assailant in a robbery attempt.

While defending himself, the victim received cuts to his arm by the suspect with a knife. The suspect then fled. The victim was treated and released at Loudoun Hospital Center.

The suspect is described as a black male, 17-18, 6 feet 1 to 6 feet 2, with a muscular build. He was wearing a dark blue T-shirt, Nike swoosh jeans shorts, and a black do-rag hanging out of his rear pocket. His hair was in cornrows.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator K. Fognano at 703-777-0475.

<sh>Escaped Inmate Returned to Custody

<bt>Inmate John Wellington McCoy was released Aug. 26 from custody of the Loudoun Sheriff's Adult Detention Center on a Circuit Court-ordered furlough to attend his daughter's funeral. McCoy was due to turn himself back into the Detention Center by 5 p.m. on the same day. He failed to return by the specified time.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office issued a felony escape warrant, and deputies along with the assistance of the Leesburg Police Department initiated a joint investigation. Within four hours, they apprehended McCoy at a friend's house on Evans Ridge Terrace in Leesburg.

McCoy was originally charged with grand larceny and habitual traffic offender. He is currently being held in the Loudoun Adult Detention Center without bond.

<sh>Assault, Robbery at Countryside Party

<bt>A Countryside homeowner reported a robbery and assault to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 25 at 10:55 p.m. The homeowner told deputies that he had been hosting a party for his 16-year-old son. While he was in the house, four black males approximately 16-17 years of age entered the back yard and allegedly assaulted several of the juvenile guests at the party, taking a cell phone from one of them before leaving.

One of the juveniles was taken to Loudoun Hospital for a head injury and was treated and released later that night.

Later that night, deputies received a report at Loudoun Hospital for a separate incident of robbery/assault. Four black males had allegedly approached two teen-age juveniles as they were getting into their car at the rear of Regal Cinemas in Countryside. One of the victims reported being pulled from the car and assaulted. He also reported that his wallet was taken. He was then driven to Loudoun Hospital by the other victim. After receiving treatment for several lacerations, he was released.

The suspects in the second assault/robbery were seen leaving the Regal Cinemas in a white car. The suspects in both cases were reportedly wearing white T-shirts and white do-rags.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0475.

<sh>Commuter Bus Service Expanded

<bt>On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Loudoun County began offering an expanded commuter bus schedule. The expanded service includes a new shuttle to and from the Pentagon. Passengers can now ride a bus from Loudoun County to Rosslyn and then make a free transfer to a waiting motor coach that will take them to the Pentagon. The bus also makes the return trip to Rosslyn in the afternoon. Five shuttles to the Pentagon are available in the morning, and one direct bus from Dulles North Transit Center is also now available. In the afternoon, three shuttle buses depart from the Pentagon.

Other schedule additions include a later bus leaving Leesburg at 8:15 a.m. and Dulles North at 8:35 with arrival at West Falls Church at 9:05 a.m.

Service from Cascades to the West Falls Church Metro Station has been enhanced and the price reduced. Now, four runs are offered in the morning and five in the evening. The cost has been halved to $10 for a book of 10 tickets and $1.25 cash fares.

As of Sept. 3, the new toll-free number for people outside Loudoun County to call concerning bus service, ride-sharing and other commuting options in Loudoun County is 1-877-GO-LCBUS or 1-877-465-2287. More information is available at the Loudoun County Web site at www.loudoun.gov/transportation/mass.htm.

<sh>Leadership Loudoun Elects New Board

<bt>Leadership Loudoun, a nonprofit organization that trains current and emerging leaders in the Loudoun community, has elected its board of directors for 2002-03. New directors elected to the board are Mary Margaret Meadows, Cindy Mester, Tom Fischetti, Amy Bobchek, Clagett Moxley and Gayle Young-Monroe. Officers for the year are Dan Williams, president; Dave Tong, vice president; Mary Margaret Meadows, secretary; and Tom Fischetti, treasurer.