Two Men Arrested Following Robbery, Officer-Involved Shooting and Carjacking in Herndon

Edward Raul Mejia Sandoval, 22 and Manuel Enrique Casco, 34, both of Maryland, were arrested after robbing a local business shortly after 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the 700 block of Elden Street in the Town of Herndon. Mejia Sandoval was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of threatening to abduct with the intent to defile. Casco was charged with robbery, carjacking and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Both men were taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are investigating after Mejia Sandoval and Casco entered a business displaying a handgun, demanded money and assaulted two female employees. A Town of Herndon police officer encountered the suspects running from the business. The officer chased the suspects on foot when one suspect displayed a handgun. There was then an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officer with no reported injuries. Mejia Sandoval was quickly taken into custody by Herndon police officers while Casco was arrested a short time later after an armed carjacking in the 1000 block of Elden Street. A handgun was recovered during the initial investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information about this investigation is asked to please contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

This is an active investigation and detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the crimes.

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