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      Suspect in string of Fairfax bank robberies sought

      Surveillance photos of the suspect robbing the Congressional Bank. Photo: Fairfax County Crime Solvers.

      The hunt is on for a man believed to be responsible for a string of bank robberies in Reston and McLean.

      Fairfax County Crime Solvers report the first of four bank robberies occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on April 11 at the Congressional Bank, located at 1800 Michael Faraday Drive. The suspect entered the bank, armed with a handgun, and demanded money from a teller. He got away with the cash, and was last seen running toward Wiehle Avenue.

      The suspect allegedly robbed three other banks, within a two-week period, in May. The locations include: Wachovia Bank, located at 1311 Dolley Madison Boulevard; Cardinal Bank at 11150 Sunset Hills Road; and the United Bank at 2071 Chain Bridge Road.

      During the robbery at Cardinal Bank, the suspect, armed with a gun, jumped the teller counter and struck a 54-year-old employee. The suspect took the money and fled. The victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

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      In each robbery, the suspect was described as black, 5'6" to 5"10" tall, weighing about 250 pounds. His face was covered. He was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt, blue jeans and black gloves in the{}first robbery and black clothing in another.

      Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES(274637). A $1,000 cash reward will be paid for information that leads to an arrest.