Rudolph Curtis, accused of robbing, hitting elderly men in Bailey's Crossroads

Curtis faces multiple charges in connection to the robberies. Photo: Fairfax County Police

An Arlington man accused of robbing and, in one case, assaulting elderly men in Bailey's Crossroads while impersonating a police officer has been arrested, Fairfax County Police say.

The arrest of 59-year-old Rudolph Curtis came Wednesday after the third in what authorities believe is a string of similar robberies in an area near a busy shopping center.

The most recent robbery happened just before 10:30 on Aug. 1 in the 5700 block of Leesburg pike. The victim, a 93-year-old man, told officers that Curtis approached him, identified himself as a police officer and displayed some sort of credentials. He then demanded the man's license and hit him several times.

Curtis then allegedly took the victim's wallet and fled in a Ford Mustang. He was then caught and arrested a short time later.

Fairfax County Police say they've connected Wednesday's crime with two others, both of which took place in the 3400 block of South Jefferson Street. Neither victim in the other two robberies, an 85-year-old man on June 5 and an 81-year-old man on July 24, were injured.

Curtis has been formally charged with robbery, malicious wounding and impersonating a police officer.