Three Virginia men have been arrested in conjunction with two separate armed robberies in the City of Falls Church last December, F.C. Police reported today.
Robert Montgomery, 24, of Manassas, Vincent H. Pizarro, 21, of Haymarket, and Miguel M. Garcia, 21, of Warrenton were arrested and each charged with one count of robbery, abduction and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
On December 16, 2012, police say the suspects robbed a victim at gunpoint outside the Red, Hot & Blue in the 100 block of Hillwood Avenue. Thirty minutes later, a second victim reported he was also confronted by three suspects in the 200 block of N. Washington Street and robbed at gunpoint of his wallet, cash and cell phone. All three suspects fled on foot after both robberies.
City Police say they received a break in the case when Montgomery was tied to DNA at the scene of the first incident via a cigarette butt. Upon questioning by detectives, he implicated Pizarro and Garcia.
Montgomery and Pizarro are currently being held at the Arlington County Adult Detention Center with no bond. The third suspect, Garcia, was arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents after returning on a flight from Mexico. He is currently being held at a local facility with no bond pending extradition.
A statement from F.C. Police Public Information Officer Susan Finarelli says “The City of Falls Church Police worked tirelessly with multiple law enforcement agencies and would like to recognize the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol Agents and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for their invaluable assistance provided during the course of this investigation.”