One adult and two juveniles were arrested June 29 and a fourth suspect is sought following two early morning armed robberies in Sterling.
Idris Zikria-Showers, 19, of Gainesville, and a 15-year-old and 16-year-old from Manassas have all been charged with charged with three counts of armed robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The fourth subject is believed to also be a juvenile.
According to a press release from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, the first robbery took place at around 12:40 a.m. in the Sanderson Drive area of Sterling, where a man reported being robbed at gunpoint as he left his car. His backpack, which contained a laptop, smartphone and wallet, was taken.
About an hour later, the second robbery took place in the 46000 block of Shaw Road in Sterling. Two people were walking in the area when two of the suspects got out of a car, brandished a gun and demanded the victims' belongings. The suspects took two smartphones.
After reports of the second robbery, deputies located the vehicles and stopped the car in the area of Falke Plaza. The suspects fled the car on foot and officers set up a perimeter and canvassed the area. Deputies were able to catch one suspect immediately and then found another suspect in the Shaw Road area. The third suspect was found by the canine unit.
Deputies conducted a consent search at an area hotel where the suspects were staying and found two guns in the room.
Zikria-Showers is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and the juveniles are being held at the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.
Additionally, an unrelated arrest was made during the search for the suspects when a driver under the influence of alcohol hit one of the dogs in the canine unit. The dog was not seriously injured.