Fairfax Police seeking suspected ‘Pepper Spraying Robber’ connected to three robberies

Suspected Pepper Spray Robber (image via Fairfax County Police Department)

The Fairfax County Police Department is seeking a suspect possibly connected to three robberies in which the man used pepper spray against store employees.

Police said the latest incident occurred on Tuesday in the Rose Hill neighborhood.

According to police:

[Tuesday] night around 1 a.m., officers responded to the 7-Eleven at 6146 Rose Hill Drive in Rose Hill for a robbery. The suspect entered the store, pepper sprayed the employee and stole merchandise. The victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Police said the incident followed a similar robbery at Velvets Tobacco and More (8524 Richmond Highway) in Woodlawn on Saturday.

The suspect entered the vape shop and demanded merchandise and personal property from the employee. He pepper sprayed the clerk in the face then stole cash from the register and merchandise. The suspect also stole the victim’s car keys. The victim was treated for minor injuries at the scene. The suspect left the area in the victim’s 2012 Infinity G35. Around 1:45 a.m. officers found the stolen car unoccupied close by on Sky View Drive and Earl Flannagan Drive.

The first robbery in the spree occurred on April 11 at around 11 p.m. at a Shell gas station (8500 Richmond Highway) in Woodlawn.

On April 11, at approximately 11:00 p.m. the same suspect entered the Shell gas station at 8500 Richmond Highway in Woodlawn and demanded cash. The suspect took money from the register then pepper sprayed the clerk. The suspect ran from the business prior to police arrival. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3.

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