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<sh>Kingstowne Man Robbed at Gunpoint

<bt>At 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, a 22-year-old man was walking in the 6400 block of Windham Avenue in the Springfield area, when he was approached from behind by a man who displayed a handgun. The victim was ordered to the ground and he complied. The suspect took the victim’s wallet and fled the area on foot. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as white, 5-feet-9-inches tall, 140 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, dark-colored sunglasses, and a dark-colored shirt and pants.

<sh>Scam Artists Prey on Elderly Woman

<bt>A team of scam artists have preyed on an elderly Alexandria-area woman twice in one week. On Friday, Oct. 8, a 76-year-old woman was approached by a man outside the Home Depot in the 7700 block of Richmond Highway. She was promised a large amount of money for assistance that required her to produce over $5,000. When she declined, the suspect approached another man who was pretending to be a passerby. He offered him the same deal and the man was able to produce a large sum of cash. The woman then offered to withdraw money from her bank account so she could participate in the deal. The two men accompanied the woman to her bank where she withdrew money, and gave it to the two men. The victim went back inside the bank and, when she returned, the two men were gone. She reported the incident to police.

The first suspect was described as a clean-shaven black man, in his 40s, 5-feet-6-inches tall, with a thin build, wearing a plaid shirt and dark green pants. The second suspect was described as a bearded black man, in his 50s, 5-feet-11-inches tall, heavyset, and wearing a dark blue business suit with a blue shirt.

On Thursday, Oct.14, two men came to the same woman’s home and produced a badge. They advised they were from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and were there to investigate the incident from Oct. 8. They told her they had captured the two suspects responsible for the previous larceny and produced a note from the Oct. 8 incident. They told her they needed to confirm it was her handwriting and that they needed her to make another withdrawal. She complied and relinquished over $5,000 to the alleged agents. They said they would call her in 30 minutes. When they did not call, the woman summoned the Fairfax County Police Department.

The first suspect was described as a clean-shaven, short-haired black man in his mid-thirties, 6-feet-tall, weighing 170 pounds and wearing a black business suit. His partner was described as a clean-shaven white man in his mid-thirties with short, curly, blonde hair. He was 6-feet-tall, weighed 170 pounds and wore a black business suit.

<sh>Taxi Driver Robbed

<bt>At around 11 p.m. Oct.14 a taxi driver picked up two men at the Huntington Metro Station and took them to Groveton Gardens Road in the Hybla Valley area. Once there, several men in their early 20s ran toward his taxi. They pulled him from the vehicle, demanded money and began to assault him. The two passengers participated in the robbery. One man displayed a handgun. The victim, a 46-year-old Alexandria man, began yelling for help, and a nearby witness called the police. The suspects fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Meadow Woods apartment complex. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

<sh>Huntington McDonald’s Robbed

<bt>On Oct. 12, around 11:50 p.m., two to three men entered the McDonald’s restaurant, located at 6239 Richmond Highway, dressed in all black and wearing masks over their faces. They stole cash from the registers and took purses from employees. During the robbery, one of the suspects displayed a handgun. The suspects may have fled the scene in a green, 4-door Toyota.

<sh>Cab Driver Robbed

<bt>Officers responded to a report of a man shooting a weapon at Braddock Road near I-495 at 12:55 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12. Based on witness information, officers pulled over three vehicles on the outer loop of I-495, south of the Braddock Road exit, and questioned the occupants. The occupants of the vehicles were associated with each other. Officers also conducted a search of the surrounding area with K9 for the gun, but none was located. I-495 was shut down briefly while officers conducted the high-risk stop on the three vehicles.

Three people are in custody, two for outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions and one for a narcotics violation. There were no injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the above incidents or the suspects involved is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777. Callers may remain anonymous.