Alexandria, VA

Several people were threatened at gunpoint twice by the same group of armed robbers in the West End in late September.

New details in a police affidavit show that several men who had been threatened by a group of robbers had tried to take a circuitous route home to avoid showing where they lived, only to run into the robbers again with a repeated demand for cash.

“One of the victims, who spoke the best English… stated that he and four of his friends were [on] Sheffield Court,” the affidavit said. “They were walking back to their apartment… when five black males approached them, one of them on a scooter.”

The victim said that three of the men who approached them had firearms in their waistbands and one of the suspects said the victims each had to give $20.

“[The victim] and his friends told the suspects that they didn’t have any money and pulled out their wallets to show them that they were empty,” the victim said. “The victims convinced the group of suspects to let them leave and the victims started to walk down Sheffield Court towards Sanger Avenue so they didn’t lead the suspects back to their apartment. Once the victims got to Sanger, the same group of suspects approached them again.”

This time, the men pulled their guns out of their waistbands and, again, demanded $20 from the group.

The second robbery was interrupted by the sound of sirens, and the suspects fled down the street.

One person, 19-year old Vince Mason Jr., was arrested at the scene while others fled into the nearby forest. Police couldn’t locate the other suspects, though the next day a pistol was found there. Another one of Mason’s associates matched a description from witnesses and is currently being investigated.

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