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Police search for robbery suspect who threatened to kidnap child in Reston

Police believe two robbery incidents are linked (Photo via FCPD)

Local police are searching for a man who reportedly threatened to kidnap a woman’s child if she did not give up her belongings in Reston.

The man approached the woman near the 11900 block of Barrell Cooper Court in Reston and attempted to snatch her backpack. The suspect threatened to take her child if she did not give up the backpack, police said.

The Fairfax County Police Department generated a composite sketch of the suspect, who was described as Hispanic, between 20 to 25 years of age, around 5-foot-6, and with a thin build.

FCPD also released information about a second incident in Reston that they believe is linked.

In that incident on Aug. 9, two women were walking on a trail near the 12000 block of Greywing Square when two men approached them. The first man pepper-sprayed the women, stole their purses and ran. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, roughly 19 years old, with dark hair and facial hair on his chin.

A second composite sketch was released on Saturday (Sept. 9), which police believe is linked to the July incident. The second man was described as short, Hispanic and roughly 16 years of age. A composite sketch was not available for the second suspect.

“Detectives believe the composite sketches are the same suspect,” FCPD wrote in a statement.

Here’s how to contact FCPD to provide information.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about these incidents to call the Reston Police Station at 703-478-0904 and ask to speak with a detective. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web –Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App and follow the steps to “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.

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