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Delay in Report of Armed Robbery Questioned

An armed robbery of a Falls Church juvenile on Sherrow Avenue near the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Saturday night, Dec. 8, was not reported in the Falls Church City Police’s Crime Report last week, and failed to be included in this week’s report even after an inquiry from the News-Press. A report of the incident was e-mailed to the News-Press late yesterday following another inquiry. The News-Press had an earlier report from a citizen that the victim had been counseled by a F.C. police officer at the time to “keep the matter quiet” for an undisclosed reason. But the belated police report provided to the News-Press yesterday conforms to the account the News-Press received earlier, and states as follows: “On Dec. 8, 2007, juvenile victim is walking down 400 block of Sherrow Avenue (near the bike path) at approximately 2245 hours (10:45 p.m.—editor). The victim is approached by two suspects. One black male (18-21 years old) and one Hispanic male (19-21 years old). The black male asked the victim for a cigarette and victim gave both subjects a cigarette. The black male suspect asked for another favor at which point told the victim to “give me everything you’ve got.” The black male suspect had a pistol in his hand. The victim complied and the subject took off heading east on Sherrow Ave. 40 minute delay in reporting to Police. Police search area, nothing is found. The case has been assigned.”