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Attempted Robbery on Columbia Pike Ends With a Bang

by ARLnow.com August 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm 5,768 26 Comments

Two men attempted to rob the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Columbia Pike and George Mason Drive early Sunday morning.

Police say a man with a gun entered the store at 3:25 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, and demanded money from the cashier. A second suspect then entered the store and a firecracker suddenly exploded in his hand. Frightened by the apparently unplanned or mistimed fireworks, the suspects fled the scene empty-handed.

“The suspect with the firearm was described as a white male, approximately 5’8” tall with a medium build and black hair. He was wearing grey hoodie sweatshirt, a dark bandana around his face and black shorts,” according to the police report. “The second suspect was a black male, approximately 5’7” tall with a average build and was wearing a white v-neck tshirt and dark shorts.”

Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said there was no indication that the second suspect was seriously hurt by the firecracker. Police say they’re not sure why the suspect had the firecracker in the first place.

  • Elmer

    Dumb crooks award?

  • South Awwlington

    I feel less safe living in Arlington than I did living in the U St neighborhood in 2001. True story.

    • Why?

      I cannot find stats for 2011, and obviously 2012 is not out yet. But in 2001 there were 3 homicides, 29 rapes, 199 robberies, and 702 GLA’s. In 2010 there was 1 homicide, 24 rapes, 143 robberies, and 211 GLA’s. I don’t recall 2011 being too bad, and 2012 is not either. So, I would imagine 2012 is not worse than 2001. But you didn’t have this trusty site reporting stuff to make you scared in 2001. I seriously doubt you have anything to worry about.

      • South Awwlington

        I’m talking about just walking through neighborhoods after dark, through shopping center parking lots, and occasionally into the 7-11. Let’s not fail to mention several break-in’s in my HOA and the use of our property as a public park by our neighbors on the other side of Dinwiddie.

        That’s why.

        I never had these concerns or fears when living in U St. Then again, we had a visible police presence.

  • Richard Cranium

    It’s a good thing Suspect #2 wasn’t armed with a rubberband/finger gun. He could have put the cashier’s eye out.

  • John Fontain

    All I can say to 7-11 is karma is a real biotch sometimes.

  • JimPB

    Surveillance video ???

    • There is surveillance video of the robbery but police were not willing to release it to us.

      • DNFjoe

        did they give areason why?

  • Electricbill

    This almost sounds like a practical joke.

  • Jerome

    Too bad it wasn’t a roman candle. That would be sweet.

  • Demain

    Who the hell is coming up with these article titles lately

    • jan

      They’re great!

    • Roger


  • illegal white man! deport him! deport him!

    • Richard Cranium

      Posting from a Russian jail has to set some kind of ArlNow record for most dedicated commenter.

  • Ballstonian

    Have any of the streetcar studies analyzed its impact on crime? i.e., whether an (assumed) increase in people traffic may deter/attract crime or whether having a (sort of) mass transit would have any impact? Any of the old timers remember back to the days when the Orange line was being laid and whether such a study was conduct and whether it bore any relation to current conditions?

    I have no idea if such studies exist or what they project(ed), but it would be interesting to see if its out there.

    • TMP

      The trolley will make it all better…by 2040! Hmmm…wonder what a fraction of that $250 million in funding could do if given to the ACPD?

    • RikOnThePike

      My wife is a crime analyst, and I know from her studies of the spatial aspects of crime that the consensus view from law enforecement’s is that most crime (particularly random acts of violence or thievery, muggings, etc.) occur near to where the perpetrators live. The assumption being that they are more familiar with the area, ways to escape, etc.

      I imagine that the streetcar, with its fixed, and relatively slow route (and likely use of CCTV on board) would make a very poor choice either as a way to commute to one’s criminal hunting grounds, or to escape afterward.

  • YTK

    imbeciles. This IS a high crime area.

  • Jim Moron

    Based on the title, I was really hoping the 7-11 employee used a firearm to end the armed robbery.

  • blah

    “the suspects fled the scene empty-handed.” And probably missing a hand too.

  • More FUD

    For sale: One surveillance video showing an M-80 exploding in robbers hand….

  • Elle K

    I sincerely hope the clerk on duty was the same one who refused to call the police for the Douglas Park joggers a week or so ago. I am still angry anyone would behave that way. (Don’t wish any harm toward the clerk but if someone there was going to have a run-in with criminals it should be ‘that guy’.)

  • DNFjoe

    I wonder why the surveillance video/pictures are not available for folks to try and recognize the suspects. Videos were shown for the check cashing place and the jewelry store.


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