It is a truth universally acknowledged that the arrival of a Metro station to a community, earth-toned or otherwise, brings with it
undesirables crime. So it's hardly surprising that when four high-profile and unusually brazen bank robberies took place inside a couple of Reston grocery stores, at Reston Town Center, and on Reston Parkway over the holiday season, people happily crowedexpressed concern that this is exactly what happens when the Metro comes to town:
HOT TAKE. There's some logic to it. After all, there have never been bank robberies in Reston before, not even ones with extremely athletic perpetrators who sweat the details. Pre-Metro, Reston was an idyllic place, where the only crimes were committed by canoe. And we all know that while you can't bring a cup of coffee on the Metro without getting the side-eye, folks wearing facemarks and carrying sacks of money or widescreen TVs are constantly jockeying for seats during rush hour. Right?
Well, turns out that Fairfax police made an arrest today in two of December's bank robberies, and the alleged suspect is from
DC PG County Reston. Wait, what?
Following a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and FCPD Robbery Section, detectives arrested a 30-year old Fairfax County man and have tied him to two area bank robberies in recent months.Well, maybe he commutes to work on the Metro.
Jason Sharpe, of Blueberry Lane in the Reston area faces bank robbery charges for crimes that took place on December 10 and 15, 2015.
He was arrested at around noon on Wednesday, December 31 while leaving a friend’s home in the Reston area. In addition to the bank robbery warrants, he was also charged with probation violation, and forgery and identity theft, stemming from warrants in Fredericksburg, Va. in October 2014.
Detectives are continuing to investigate.
Our BFFs at Reston Now point out that he has not yet been charged in the Nov. 26 robbery at Presidential Bank on Reston Parkway or the Dec. 29 robbery at the PNC Branch inside the North Point Giant -- just the incidents at RTC and the Hunters Woods Safeway. No truth to the rumor that investigators are focusing on this enigmatic clue left behind at the scene of the most recent robbery: