Police believe that a New Jersey man accused of an
armed robbery of a Virginia store is also behind similar robberies in the area.
Law enforcement officials say the 34-year-old suspect may be the same man
who robbed a Harrisonburg, Virginia, store and attempted to rob a convenience
store in nearby Middletown in September of 2009.
In the Middletown incident, a man entered the store with a bandana covering
his face and pointed an air pistol at the clerk. The man forced the clerk
behind the counter and told him to empty the cash from the register.
The clerk did not believe the robber was serious because the weapon was
not a real gun. The clerk told the man that it would take more than an
air gun to get the money in the register. The clerk attempted to get the
suspect out of the store by lunging at him. That effort failed but the
robber left the store anyway, telling the clerk that he should have surrendered
the cash from the till.
The robber reportedly told the clerk that he liked him.
The suspect is being held in jail on robbery charges stemming from a recent
incident at another convenience store in Harrisonburg. In the recent incident,
the man wore a mask and brandished a weapon.
According to police, a man took the cash register from the store and was
seen running down the street carrying it in his arms.
The suspect allegedly assaulted the clerk behind the counter, who was treated
for non-life threatening injuries.
Police in other jurisdictions are evaluating other robberies in their locales
for similarities that could link the man to those incidents.
Source: NVDaily.com: "Similarities link robbery suspect to other crimes"
by Alex Bridges: Sept. 16, 2011