One arrested, one at large in Loudoun home invasion robbery

October 17, 2013

Authorities have arrested one man and are searching for another in connection with a home invasion robbery on Monday at an apartment in Purcellville, Va., according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

John C. Barwis, 23, of Ashburn, was arrested Tuesday and charged in the robbery, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Office is now looking for David C. Russell, Jr., 21, of Leesburg, who is also wanted in connection with the crime, officials said.

Authorities said Russell, who is known to frequent the Leesburg and Sterling areas, may be driving a white Dodge Charger.

The home invasion robbery occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday at an apartment in the 100 block of N. 21st Street in Purcellville, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The alleged robbers entered the apartment armed with guns, which were later recovered by authorities, according to the Sheriff’s Office. One of the occupants in the apartment was assaulted during the robbery, and was taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released, authorities said.

The suspects took cash from the victims during the robbery, authorities said.

A ground and aerial search was conducted with the assistance of the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Barwis remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond, authorities said.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Russell is asked to call Detective M. McCaffrey at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Caitlin Gibson covers Loudoun County for The Washington Post.
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