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Masked Man Robs Wachovia

Suspect escapes with cash after robbing Churchill Road branch.

Friday morning, April 6 began like any other Friday morning for the two tellers working at Wachovia Bank in McLean. But at approximately 10:15 a.m., a man walked into the branch located at 6712 Churchill Road, and made the announcement that every bank teller dreads the most — they were about to be robbed.

Fairfax County Police said the suspect was wearing a “Halloween-style, rubber mask,” but did not brandish any sort of weapon, nor was possession of weapon implied at any point.

“It was one of those rubber masks that looks like a person,” said Camille Neville, a public information officer with Fairfax County Police.

After announcing the robbery, the suspect demanded money from the tellers — both of whom did as they were told. The masked suspect then fled, making his escape before several McLean District Station police car units arrived on the scene in response to a silent alarm triggered by employees at the bank.

Neville said there were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, but no one was injured during the incident.

Representatives from Wachovia Bank would not discuss the details of the robbery, nor disclose the amount of cash that was stolen.

Police said the suspect was described as a black male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build. He wore a mask, a brown hooded jacket, blue jeans, gloves and black sneakers with a white stripe.

On Wednesday, April 4, just two days before the Wachovia robbery in McLean, two men wearing skeleton-face masks with black hoods, robbed a 25-year-old armored car guard as she serviced an ATM machine at the Wachovia Bank located at 8994 Lorton Station Boulevard in Lorton. However, Neville said Fairfax County Police do not believe these two incidents to be related.

Police are still searching for the suspect who robbed the McLean Wachovia Bank branch on Churchill Road, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.