Armed Robbery Suspects Fleeing With Child In Backseat In Custody After Pursuit

Reston Police District – A man and woman are in custody after an armed robbery at a Great Falls grocery store on Thursday. 

On Mar. 23, at 12:35 p.m. officers responded to the Safeway at 9881 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls for an armed robbery. A man and a woman stole merchandise and pointed a gun at an employee as they left the store. The suspects left in their car with their child in the backseat. Officers saw the car and attempted a traffic stop that resulted a pursuit. The car eventually came to a stop on 495 near Lewinsville Road. Officers were able to take the man and woman into custody. No injuries were sustained as a result of the incident. The child is currently safe with caregivers. Several police cruisers and one community member’s vehicle sustained minor damage during the pursuit. A firearm was not recovered. 

Marquse Lucas, 24, of DC, was charged with robbery with a firearm, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, felony disregarding police signal to stop, felony child endangerment, petit larceny, reckless driving, and driving without an operator’s license. Outstanding warrants for robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and carry a concealed weapon for a robbery in Prince William County were also served. Lucas is currently incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and was held without bond. 

Benea Smith, 32, of DC was charged with robbery with a firearm and felony child endangerment. An outstanding warrant for robbery for an incident in Prince William County was also served. Smith is currently incarcerated at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and was held without bond. 

Victim advocates from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to these cases to ensure the victims are receiving appropriate resources and assistance.  

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