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Police: Attempted Robbery at Knifepoint at Reston Town Center Wednesday

Suspect demanded money and fled. Police investigating whether incident is tied to Aug. 7 robbery near Lake Anne.

Fairfax County Police are investigating an attempted robbery at knifepoint at Reston Town Center early Wednesday.

A 21-year-old man told police he was walking near the intersection of Bluemont Way and Discovery Street at around 1:15 a.m. when a man wearing solid black clothing came out of the woods, produced a knife, grabbed and demanded money from the victim.

After a brief altercation, the victim fled, police said. The suspect was described as Hispanic, between 30 and 40 years old, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 160-170 pounds.

Police do not yet know if the case is connected with other robberies in Reston this summer. Police have made several arrests, including two teens and two adults who were charged in the June 9 robbery of a bicyclist near Hunters Woods Village Center.

Police have also charged a teen in connection with a robbery that took place on June 22. A 17-year-old man was charged with robbery of a food delivery employee in the 2000 block of Durand Drive.

Police are still investigating the Aug. 7 incident in which a man was assaulted while walking in the 11500 block of Maple Ridge Road. His money and belongings were reportedly taken by two black men. The victim's employer, Cafe Montmartre, held a fundraiser for the victim on Sunday to help defray his medical and missed work costs.

Detectives will continue to investigate the remaining cases and are following up numerous leads, FCPD said. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.



Mykle Lyons August 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM
"Walk on well lighted sidewalks, away from hedges, and let your behavior convey you are aware of your surroundings, looking around, and in confident fashion. ETC!!!! " Hello? Do you live in Reston
RestonResident August 22, 2013 at 02:10 PM
does anyone know what the crime history is in reston over the last 10 years? I have lived here for 9 years, but I could very well miss this. In the past I rarely checked local news. Just wondering if this is new.
Karen Goff August 22, 2013 at 02:21 PM
This particular incident ? Yes, it happened Wednesday. As far as the crime stats, I will get back to you on that.
Aj Velencia August 23, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I always carry CCW when out and about in the area, especially at night. I hope these armed thugs don't test me out, or we'll have another story posted on the path.
C S September 02, 2013 at 07:36 AM
Wait till the Metro gets out here then the real fun begins. See Pentagon City Mall for an example

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