Two armed robberies 10 minutes apart last night in Hybla Valley

The approximate location of the robbery sites. (Click to enlarge)

There were two armed robberies within blocks of each other shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday night in the Hybla Valley area.

Both robberies occurred near the apartment complexes on Lockheed Boulevard, and a large police search was launched in response, including the use of the Fairfax1 police helicopter. No arrests were made, however.

The first robbery happened around 9:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lockheed Boulevard and Fairchild Drive. Two males walked up to two people standing in a parking lot, according to police. One robber pulled a handgun, placed it to the back of one of the victim’s heads and demanded his wallet and watch, police said. The second suspect also had a gun, and pointed it at the second victim during the incident.

Police say the assailants left with only one of the victim’s jackets, and no injuries were reported.

The robbers were described as black males, with one being approximately  5 foot 11 inches tall and 180 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with gray sleeves and shorts. The second suspect was said to be around 5 foot 6 inches and 150 pounds, wearing a hat, black t-shirt, long gold chain and jeans.

About 10 minutes later two more individuals had guns pulled on them by a pair of robbers at the intersection of Groveton Gardens Road and Robert E. Lee Place, police said. One of the victims immediately took off running after one of the assailants pulled a gun, but the other victim was held at gunpoint. When the victim did not have money to hand over, one of the robbers hit him before both assailants fled on foot.

The victim’s injuries were described as minor, and did not require hospitalization.

The robbers in this second incident were described as a black males, with one being approximately 5 foot 5 inches tall and wearing a gray t-shirt. The second suspect was said to have a medium build and wore a red baseball cap, black hoodie and black pants. Both men were said to be between 25-30 years old.

A police spokeswoman said the two robberies may be connected, but that they are still investigating the incident.