The Access National Bank in Tysons Corner was robbed at gunpoint on Thursday, Aug. 19, before noon. Two men are being sought in connection with the armed robbery, which netted an undisclosed sum of cash.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the pair entered the bank at around 11:15 in the morning and ordered the people in the bank into the rear of the building. Officer Jeff Hairston said there were no customers in the bank at the time of the robbery. Both men displayed handguns. No one was injured during the robbery.
Investigators are attempting to discern whether the Tysons Corner robbery, which occurred at 8233 Old Courthouse Road, has any connection with another robbery earlier that day. Hairston said a Bank of America in the Springfield area was also robbed.
“We’re not saying the two are related. We have to look into it. With them happening within an hour and a half of each other, we are looking into it,” said Hairston.
Gary Powers, the president of the Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce said the daylight robbery is unusual for the area. “I’ve been here three and a half years. While I’ve heard there have been numerous [bank robberies] in the region, this is only the second one in the Tysons- Vienna area that I’ve heard about,” said Powers.
There are several banks that are members of that chamber and, according to Powers, none have asked that they look into deterent measures or evaluate any problems related to bank robberies. Powers said that Access National is a new bank in the area and has recently signed on with the Chamber of Commerce. “Wow, they’re a brand new member. We are going to attend their ribbon cutting,” said Powers.
Access National Bank representatives did not return calls for comment.
The first suspect in the Access National Bank robbery is described as 6 feet tall, in his 20s, with a medium build. He was wearing a blue baseball hat, had a brown scarf shielding his face, and wore a dark blue jump suit and black shoes. The other suspect was of similar height and build. He wore a black ski mask and a black and red ski jacket and had on gray sweat pants.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 800-691-8888.