Bank Robbery in Fairfax

Officers responded to a hold up alarm at the BB&T Bank located at 8416 Arlington Boulevard on Wednesday, June 1 shortly before 4 p.m. The initial investigation revealed that a man entered the bank, approached a teller and handed him a note announcing a robbery. The suspect then placed a backpack on the counter and told the teller that it contained an explosive device. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled on foot; leaving behind the backpack. Bank employees took it upon themselves to evacuate the bank and nobody was injured.

The suspect was described as white, in his 50s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a skinny build. He was wearing a flannel shirt, a hooded sweatshirt, green pants a white hat and sunglasses.

The police helicopter (Fairfax 1) and a K9 team responded to search the area. The Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD, commonly referred to as the “Bomb Squad”), responded to the bank, examined the backpack and determined that it did not contain any explosive material.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and from the Crime Scene Section responded and assumed the investigation.

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