Police blotter: Men escape after failed robbery attempt

There was a large police presence in the Belle View area Wednesday evening after two men tried — and failed — to rob another man at gunpoint.

The robbery attempt happened around 6 p.m. in the 1500 block of Belle View Boulevard (see map), police said. The victim had agreed to purchase construction equipment from a man he’d met through an online ad, according to police. However when the victim arrived, he was met by two men — one wielding a gun — who wanted his money.

The victim ran away, escaping unharmed and without giving up any of his property, police said. A large police search, which included the police’s Fairfax 1 helicopter, was unable to locate the two suspects.

Other incidents reported in the Mount Vernon police district in Thursday’s blotter:

Larceny: 2800 block of Beacon Hill Road, wallet from location
Larceny: 6500 block of Brick Hearth Court, wallet from residence
Larceny: 7200 block of Groveton Gardens Road, cell phone from residence
Larceny: 2300 block of Huntington Avenue, beer from business
Larceny: 2300 block of Huntington Avenue, merchandise from business
Larceny: 5900 block of Richmond Highway, liquor from business
Larceny: 6500 block of Tower Drive, cash from residence

Incidents reported in Wednesday’s blotter:

Commercial Burglary: On Tuesday morning around 2:05 a.m. officers responded to a burglary in progress at the Pawn Brokers of Alexandria, located at 7518 Richmond Highway (see map). They arrested Ricky Johnson, 57, of Alexandria, who was allegedly trying to break into the business with a sledgehammer. He was charged with burglary and possession of burglarious tools.

Larceny: 4400 block of Pembrook Village Drive, packages from location
Larceny: 8600 block of Richmond Highway, liquor from business

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