ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC) — Fairfax County Police are trying to identify a suspect they believe is responsible for robbing an Alexandria gas station twice and attempting a third in a one-week span.

The suspect first robbed the Mobil gas station, located at 8156 Richmond Highway, on January 26 around 6:30 a.m. He demanded money from the clerk at the register, who complied, and fled the scene on foot.

Two days later, on January 28, the suspect again robbed the gas station, this time swinging a hammer at an employee.

He attempted a third, and increasingly violent, robbery on February 1, but was unsuccessful. Around 6:45 a.m., police say the suspect approached the gas station with a knife, but was unable to get through the locked doors and left.

Police released surveillance video (shown below) from the first two incidents and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.

Police describe the suspect as a black male with a light complexion in his 30’s or 40’s. He is approximately 5-feet-7 and weighs around 180 to 200 pounds. He may have a mustache.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), online at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637).

Callers may remain anonymous.

A $100 to $1,000 cash reward will be paid for information that leads to an arrest.


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