A man who claimed to have an explosive device in his backpack robbed a TD Bank, located at 6198 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
According to police, the man demanded money after claiming that he had an explosive device in his backpack and then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries in the incident.
When the man fled, he left the backpack outside the front of the bank and the bank and surrounding businesses were evacuated shortly afterward. Arlington Boulevard at Patrick Henry Drive was shut down periodically to maximize the safety of passing motorists. The Fairfax County Police Department’s bomb squad examined the backpack out of an abundance of caution.
The bomb squad declared the contents of the backpack safe shortly before 7 p.m. Detective from the Major Crimes Division and the Crime Scene Section, took over the investigation and believe the suspect is the same person responsible for a June 1 robbery of a BB&T Bank in Falls Church. The suspect was described as a white male in his 50’s, approximately 6 feet tall, thin build with gray hair in a ponytail. He was wearing sunglasses, a yellow hat, a gray shirt and jeans.
Police ask that anyone with information about either robbery or the suspect contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(2746370 or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or 703-691-2131.