Several people were injured in three separate incidents in Fairfax County during the weekend in which people were assaulted for their jackets, police said.
In Annandale, three men were shot early yesterday when a 23-year-old man refused to give his jacket to robbers. Saturday night in Reston, two youths were beaten in an attempt to take the jacket of a 14-year-old. And Saturday morning, a 31-year-old man was robbed of his jacket in Baileys Crossroads, Fairfax County police said.
The incidents mirrored a growing problem in some cities, where teenagers have been assaulted and sometimes killed for shearling coats and designer jackets.
In the first incident, a man reported that he was walking in the 3500 block of Tyler Street in Baileys Crossroads about 2:15 a.m. Saturday when two men robbed him of his jacket and money, police said. No weapon was involved.
Later that day, two youths were walking along Soapstone Drive in Reston about 10 p.m. when they were struck by two men, police said. A 14-year-old was punched and kicked in a failed attempt to get his jacket, police said. Neither youth was seriously injured.
About 1:30 a.m. yesterday, an Alexandria man was standing in a parking lot at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus after a dance when he was approached by four men, one of whom asked him for his coat. When the victim refused to relinquish it, a second man began shooting, police said.
The Alexandria man was shot in the thigh and was taken to Fairfax Hospital. A 24-year-old Falls Church man standing next to him was shot in the groin, and a 21-year-old Alexandria man was bruised when a bullet passed through his shoe, police said. All were treated at Fairfax Hospital and released, police said.