(Updated at 1:25 p.m.) Two D.C. residents have been arrested and charged with armed robbery after allegedly driving a man around and robbing him at gunpoint on April 9, the Town of Vienna Police Department announced this morning (Friday).
According to the department’s initial public summary of the crime, a citizen reported that they were at the Giant in the Maple Avenue Shopping Center (359 Maple Avenue) when an acquaintance picked him up in a vehicle with two other men.
“While they were driving around, the three men displayed handguns and announced a robbery, taking the citizen’s belongings,” the report said. “The men allowed the citizen to exit the vehicle on Cabin Road where he ran to the nearest residence for assistance.”
The April 8-14 crime highlights also contained a report from a citizen who thought a man they saw buying a handgun from Vienna Arsenal (386 Maple Avenue East) earlier that day might be connected to the armed robbery. The man allegedly got into a vehicle with two other men.
However, the VPD now says there “is no known connection to Vienna Arsenal.”
Vienna police say they were able to identify two men from D.C. as suspects in the armed robbery after “a lengthy investigation” that involved security camera footage provided by residents, interviews, photo lineups, search warrants, and “electronic data.”
After obtaining arrest warrants on June 6, Vienna police detectives helped the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department take one suspect into custody on June 22, and the other on Tuesday (June 28).
During a search of one suspect’s house, a “fully loaded firearm was found on the bed where he had been sleeping,” the VPD news release says.
One of the men was transferred to Virginia on Wednesday (June 29), while the other is currently awaiting extradition.
The news release doesn’t mention a third man being involved in the armed robbery. Police declined to comment on the case further.
“We have turned the case over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for prosecution,” the VPD said.
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