Hot spot along Rt. 1


The location of the shooting last week in the 6400 block of Richmond Highway has been a busy spot on the Fairfax County Police radar screen in the month of May. According to police spokesperson, Officer Camille Noble, police responded to that block 20 times for different types of calls since May 1, she said, ranging from stolen vehicles to assaults.

On Tuesday, May 22 at approximately 11:20 p.m., a clerk at Dominos Pizza located at 8641 Richmond Highway was robbed. The victim, an 18-year-old Alexandria-area man, stepped out of the restaurant freezer and saw a man near the cash register. The suspect displayed a knife and demanded the money from the register. The victim complied and the suspect left with the cash. He fled in a car waiting in the parking lot, driven by a second suspect.

The shooting that resulted in a death, occurred on Wednesday, May 23, while police were serving search warrants in an ongoing drug investigation at the Fairview Motel, 6421 Richmond Highway. Around 7:15 p.m., as police were finishing up the investigation, a car entered the parking lot. A man wanted by detectives was a rear seat passenger in the car. During this encounter with the police, the man in the car failed to comply with verbal commands and then produced a gun. He was shot several times by one officer and died at the scene.

The suspect has been identified as Randall Leroy Rollins, 28, of 6421 Richmond Highway. The officer involved in the shooting is a member of the Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit. He is 33 years old and a 13-year veteran of the police department. He is currently on routine administrative leave. No other officers fired their weapons. The criminal and administrative investigations continue.

Other incidents
On Friday, May 4, a 24-year-old Alexandria-area man was robbed in the 8200 block of Richmond Highway when eight men surrounded his car, pulled the victim from the car and began punching him. The suspects, armed with knives, cut the victim. The suspects took the victims wallet and fled. The victim sustained minor injuries. The suspects were described only as Hispanic men in their 30s.

Then, on Friday, May 18 in the 8400 block of Richmond Highway, a man was struck in the head with a gun and robbed of his wallet.

Earlier in the year, there were other incidents as well, according to Fairfax County police. On Dec. 30, a 34-year-old woman was robbed while walking in a parking lot in the 6200 block of Richmond Highway. The police made an arrest in that case. In January, a 27-year-old man was robbed while sleeping at the Cedar Lodge, located at 6140 Richmond Highway. On January 24, the clerk at Days Inn at 6100 Richmond Highway was robbed at gunpoint, police said.

On Saturday, April 21, a man wearing a dust mask and construction hard hat entered the Starbucks at 6754 Richmond Highway and misrepresented himself as a maintenance man and allegedly brandished a gun and demanded money. The clerk, a 25-year-old Alexandria-area woman, noticed a police officer enter the store. The officer was made aware of the attempted robbery and he chased the suspect. The suspect fled in a red, 2001 Ford Escape west on Memorial Street. Responding officers attempted to stop the SUV but the driver refused to stop. The driver lost control and got stuck on the curb at Memorial Street and Kings Landing Road. The passenger attempted to flee but tripped and fell. The driver fled on foot. Ansy Ambroise, 26, of 10000 Portsmouth Road in Manassas, was arrested. He was taken to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital for minor injuries sustained when he tripped. He was treated, then taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, wearing a mask in public and eluding police.