A fugitive that was being sought by Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Corrections has been apprehended.
Law enforcement officials were searching for an Alexandria inmate who escaped from custody while on a work-release assignment at about 10 a.m. Wednesday in Weyers Cave, Va.
Police said the inmate, Karan Batra, 44, was assigned to a VDOC work release crew that was landscaping the grounds of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave.
Batra was located in Washington, D.C., and taken into custody without incident at approximately 6:45 p.m. the same day.
Virginia State Police, Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Department of Corrections spent the day conducting extensive ground searches and following up on numerous tips of possible sightings.
His convictions are for nonviolent crimes. He has connections to Northern Virginia, specifically the Alexandria area, and police suspected he may have wanted to return there.
The City of Falls Church Police Department is currently investigating two recent robberies that may be related.
According to police, on Saturday in the 1100 block of South Washington Street, at approximately 4:45 p.m., two people unsuccessfully attempted to take a backpack from a victim.
Police said that during the struggle, the victim sustained a broken nose and jaw.
The first robber is described as a white male in his late 20s, with freckles and brownish-red wavy hair that was approximately four inches long. He was wearing a white T-shirt. He also was wearing shorts or pants, but the color was not known.
The second robber is described as a black male in his 20s, bald, with a muscular build, weighing about 200 pounds, and wearing a dark colored T-shirt and khaki shorts.
Police say another similar incident occurred Sunday at approximately 11:15 p.m., in the 400 block of East Broad Street. The second victim, who was seated on a retaining wall beside his motorcycle, was approached and accosted by two people sharing a moped. The victim was knocked from the wall and escaped from the attackers. The two attackers attempted to start the victim’s motorcycle, but couldn’t. They made off with his helmet and shirt.
In the second incident, the first attacker is described as a black male, roughly 20-25 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches or 5 feet 10 inches tall. He weighed approximately 170 pounds, with a thin build. He was clean shaven, with long hair down to his shoulders.
The other assailant is described as a man, between 20 and 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a skinny build, weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and white motorcycle helmet.
A connection has not been established between the two incidents. If you have any information related to either case, please contact the City of Falls Church Police Department at 703-248-5053.
Fairfax County police have made an arrest in an armed robbery case that they say occurred Monday in Engleside.
Police said that around 11:30 p.m. a 20-year-old man was riding a bicycle at Main Street and Gregory Drive when a sedan pulled alongside him. The driver exited his vehicle, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the victim while another person watched from the passenger side of the vehicle. The victim relinquished cash and the robbers fled in their vehicle. Responding police officers spotted the robbers’ vehicle, stopped it and took both people into custody.
Jacob Gilbertson, 23, of the 8800 block of Vernon View Drive, and Benjamin Yeannakis, 23, of the 2900 blockof Mosby Street in Alexandria, have both been charged with robbery and with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
A Loudoun County jury convicted a Herndon man on Monday of burglary and grand larceny and recommended more than seven years in prison.
Timothy Irvin Mears, 37, was convicted of breaking into Bowman’s Plumbing of Sterling and stealing $210 in March 2012. Mears was fired from the company six months earlier for theft and embezzlement.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jason Faw presented surveillance tape footage of Mears entering the building through a side door and leaving through the front lobby.
Mears had a previous criminal history, with prior convictions for assault and battery, drug possession, theft and embezzlement. He was recently convicted in Fairfax County Circuit Court of accessory to burglary and grand larceny and receiving stolen property.
Mears is scheduled for sentencing in Fairfax June 28 and in Loudoun on Sept. 27.