Police blotter: Groveton Rite Aid robbed at gunpoint

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The Rite Aid on the corner of Richmond Highway and Beacon Hill Road was robbed Sunday evening, according to the Fairfax County Police.

The assailant entered the Rite Aid around 6:45 p.m. and pulled a gun on an employee, according to police. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled. The incident drew a large police response, including the Fairfax1 helicopter, but the suspect was not found.

Police say nobody was hurt in the incident.

Sunday’s robbery came exactly a week after another robbery in nearly the same location. That incident, on March 4, involved a man leaving the Walgreens across from the Rite Aid. He accosted and mugged by three individuals, according to police.

Sunday’s Rite Aid robbery also marked the second time a Route 1 retail pharmacy has been robbed in the past three weeks. On Feb. 23 the CVS at the corner of Lockheed Boulevard and Richmond Highway was also held up by a man with a gun

Other indidents reported in the Mount Vernon police district in Tuesday’s blotter:

Assault on Law Enforcement Officer: Dayjohn McRae, 18,  was arrested after allegedly resisting arrest following a traffic stop in the 3500 block of Buckman Road on March 9 at 9:55 a.m. Police say an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation, and McRae and the driver were asked to exit the car after the officer suspected drugs were in the car. McRae then allegedly physically assaulted the officer. He was arrested and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, and possession of marijuana.

Assault on Law Enforcement Officer:  Michael Anthony Almes, 25, was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer and deputies at the Mount Vernon Police Station on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Almes, who had been arrested on a domestic-related incident, and was being taken to the magistrate when he became disorderly and started spitting on the officer and then at the deputies, police said.

Traffic pursuit: An officer began a chase after attempting to stop a car spotted driving erratically in the 8000 block of Richmond Highway on March 10 at 8:10 p.m. The car continued towards the Maryland state line, and police say the pursuing officer lost sight of the vehicle because of traffic. The vehicle was later found abandoned near National Harbor by the Prince George‚Äôs County Police Department.

Larceny: 3400 block of Buckman Road, property from business
Larceny: 2500 block of Parkers Lane, property from residence
Larceny: 6000 block of Richmond Highway, property from residence
Larceny: 6300 block of Richmond Highway, merchandise from business
Larceny: 7700 block of Richmond Highway, merchandise from business
Larceny: 8200 block of Richmond Highway, merchandise from business
Larceny: 3100 block of Lockheed Boulevard, merchandise from business
Larceny: 2600 block of Redcoat Drive, electronics from residence

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