Fairfax County police are investigating four recent Reston robberies and assaults on walking paths that they say may be the work of the same group of young men.
Police said in three of the incidents, victims were walking when they were approached by groups of young men, physically assaulted, then robbed. In a fourth incident, the victim was a bicyclist. Each of the incidents happened during daylight hours approximately between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Police say the most recent incident took place June 13 at around 3:25 p.m. A 23-year-old man was walking home from the store along a path adjacent to a soccer field at Hunters Woods Park when three men approached him from behind, knocked him to the ground, demanded his belongings and assaulted him. They took his belongings and walked away, northbound on the pathway. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and walked to a nearby business to contact police.
In this most recent case, the suspects were described as two black men, around 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds. One wore an orange tank top and appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s. The other wore a light red polo shirt. The third man was possibly Hispanic, the same height, between 18-20 years old and thin. He wore navy and gray, striped, loose pants and possibly a gray shirt.
Police say the other three potentially related incidents, all occurring within the past week, were as follows:
•June 3, 7:50 p.m. Two men were walking along a path near Moorings Drive and North Shore Drive when they were approached by a group of men who demanded money, assaulted them, stole their belongings and fled.
• June 7, 9 p.m. A 31-year-old man was walking on a path near the community center at 12125 Pinecrest Road when he was reportedly approached by four young men who spoke to the victim, punched him and when took the victim’s belongings after he fell to the ground. They fled down the path.
• June 9, 6:20 p.m. A 42-year-old man was riding his bicycle on a path behind Hunters Woods Plaza when he was approached by a group of four young men. One of them pushed the victim off of his bicycle and began to assault him; punching and kicking. They grabbed the victim’s money and belongings, yelled at him and fled. The victim yelled for help and a walker assisted him and called police and rescue. The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for broken bones and other non-life-threatening injuries.
Another similar but non-related event occurred in Mount Vernon on June 12 in which a 23-year-old man and 33 year-old woman were reportedly walking in the 3300 block of Southgate Drive at around 10 p.m. when they encountered four young men. The man walking was allegedly grabbed by one of them; another produced a gun, and the other two grabbed his companion. The men assaulted the woman and demanded her belongings. She screamed and they fled.
“The Mount Vernon incident does not appear to be related to those in Reston,” said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.
Suspects in that case are described as black, between the ages of 16 and 20 and wore masks. One wore a gray polo shirt with khaki shorts and had long dreadlocks pulled up in the back. Another suspect, who reportedly held the weapon, was very thin and wore a black tank top and jean shorts.
Anyone with information in any of the incidents is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.