|The LCSO has released a sketch of a man suspected to be involved in four armed robberies. —Photo courtesy LCSO|
Detectives from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for a man believed to be involved in four armed robberies in Sterling.
The LCSO has released a composite sketch of the suspect, who is believed to have first struck in December and was most recently active on Valentine's Day. Thus far, the suspect has attacked only women, and in addition to taking their money, he is also forcing them to remove articles of clothing.
The most recent attack occurred at the Remington apartment complex on Stanford Square, near the Dulles Town Center mall. Deputies responded to a call from a woman who said she was walking to her apartment when she was approached by a man with a gun. The suspect demanded her wallet and instructed the victim to remove her jacket. She screamed, and the man fled the area.
The case is similar to one the previous week, on Feb. 9, when a woman was approached by a man near her apartment door in the same complex. In that incident, a ground and aerial search was conducted, but police were unable to locate a suspect.
The two incidents are possibly related to two earlier events. On Dec. 29, police responded to the 46500 block of Lynnhaven Square in Sterling at around 6 a.m. A woman was approached by a man who brandished a gun, demanded the woman drop several items and take off some clothing. Her purse was taken in the incident.
Shortly thereafter, police were called to the 10200 block of Mckean Court, where a man brandished a gun at a woman unloading groceries. When she screamed, the suspect fled.
The suspect is described to be a black man of medium complexion with a medium build. He's around 5'8" tall and is believed to be in his mid-to-late 20s. In the first two incidents, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. He may be driving a small burgundy or red car.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with agencies in neighboring jurisdictions to determine if they had recent similar cases.
If you were a witness to any of these incidents and have not spoken to authorities, or if you have any information regarding the possible identity of the suspect, you are asked to immediately call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0475.