Store robbery, chase and arrest in Alexandria – UPDATED

UPDATED: Monday, 5:00 p.m.

Police have found the Toyota Sienna stolen from a woman who was leaving work in Annandale Saturday night. Three occupants were arrested when the car was found, Sunday in Prince George’s County and Fairfax County detectives are working to determine whether any of those suspects were involved with Saturday night’s incidents.

Detectives are also looking into whether the robbery of the Verizon store in the 6100 block of Little River Turnpike just prior to the car theft is related to any other robberies in the Washington, D.C. area.

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One man was arrested but a second was still being sought following a robbery at a Verizon store in Alexandria Saturday night.

It happened around 10:00 p.m. at the store in the 6100 block of Little River Turnpike. Fairfax County detectives say two suspects forced employees into a back room. They then stole several dozen cell phones and left the area in a car.

Officers spotted the car and gave chase. That chase ended when the suspects crashed into another car and then into a creek bed. The driver of the car, identified as 24-year-old Darrius Berry of Washington, D.C., was arrested. The second suspect, his passenger, ran from the crash scene. It’s believed he then ran into a nearby shopping center and stole a car from a woman who was leaving work.

Both the suspect and the woman’s white 2006 Toyota Sienna are still missing. The car has Virginia plates VSJ-8268. The suspect is described as a black man around 6 feet tall, between 215 and 230 pounds.

Berry has been charged with robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, felony speed to elude, felony hit-and-run, driving without a license, and driving without insurance. Additional charges are pending.

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