Suspect in Bank Holdup Returns for Another Go, Police Say

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

If at first you do succeed, why not try again?

Fairfax County police believe a man who robbed a bank in the Huntington area last week -- without ever showing a weapon -- walked back into the same bank branch yesterday morning and robbed it again.

"It's certainly not something we see often," said Lt. Richard J. Perez, a police spokesman, "where a bank robber goes back to victimize the same people at the same bank. We see serial bank robbers, but they usually hit different banks."

The robber did not appear to wear a disguise or make any attempt to cover his face as surveillance cameras captured his brief transactions. He did, however, hold up the bank at times when the light wasn't particularly good for snapping a picture at the teller windows.

No one was hurt in either robbery. Police would not say how much money was taken in either incident.

Both holdups occurred at the Wachovia Bank branch at 6300 Richmond Hwy., near the intersection with Kings Highway. A man walked in about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25, police said. The man passed the teller a note and implied he had a weapon. Police said the teller handed over some cash, and the man walked out.

Yesterday at the bank, there might have been a sense of deja vu. Police believe the same man walked in at 9 a.m., handed over a note, again implied he had a weapon, received cash from a teller and fled.

"Our detectives are pretty sure it's the same individual," Perez said.

The suspect is a white man, 35 to 40 years old, with brown hair, between 5 feet 8 and 6 feet tall and a medium to heavy build. He wore glasses and had a mustache. In the first robbery, he wore a beige jacket and brown or dark beige pants. In the second robbery, he wore a blue sweat shirt and bluejeans, police said.

"We're hoping that somebody that recognizes this individual will give us a call" at the Crime Solvers anonymous tip line, 866-411-TIPS, Perez said. "We have solved crimes like this before with the help of the public."

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