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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

This Last Week in Crime: Maybe We Shouldn't Go for That Stroll in South Reston at 3:45am

For the second time in as many weeks, a Reston woman was the victim of a crime in the early morning hours.

A 32-year-old Reston woman reported being robbed while walking on South Lakes Drive. The victim was on the sidewalk near Soapstone Drive on Thursday, May 29 at 3:45 a.m. when the suspect appeared. The victim was pushed to the ground and the suspect demanded money, while implying he had a gun. He took property and cash. The suspect fled, and the victim was not injured.

The suspect was described as black, in his 20s. He was approximately 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. He was wearing a black, long sleeved sweater and dark jeans.
This, after another woman was the victim of an indecent exposure incident, this one at the comparatively decadent hour of 5:30 am. Slackers! Everyone knows that Reston is such an idyllic, sylvan place that to truly appreciate the beauty of its natural surroundings, one must rise at 2:30 am and take a brisk stroll. Alone. Under the comforting glow of Reston's abundant, bright street lighting.

Fortunately, after two robberies in Herndon and another one across the street from Reston's Fake Downtown last week, the police are on the case. So are all these crimes related?
"I wouldn't consider this a trend at this point," said 1st Lt. Andy Hill, assistant commander of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Reston District Station. "These all happened in such a short time period and in different parts of the district. Generally a rising trend occurs over a longer period of time in one general area."
Good enough for us. We'll set the alarm for 2:15 this morning.

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