Suspect Sketches Released in W&OD Trail Armed Robbery in Sterling

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has released composite sketches of two suspects in the Aug. 24 armed robbery of a bicyclist on the W&OD Trail near Williamsburg Road in Sterling.

Both suspects were described as Hispanic males. The first suspect was described as approximately 19-years-old, with a medium complexion, shaved head, and was approximately 5-feet, 5-inches tall, with a thin build. He was wearing dark-colored jean shorts, a white shirt, and a white hat. The second suspect was also described as approximately 19-years-old, with a dark complexion, and was approximately 5-feet, 7-inches tall, with a heavy build. He was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt with red horizontal stripes at the time of the incident.

The victim reported she was riding her bicycle on the Trail at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday when she was approached by two male suspects. One brandished a firearm and demanded she hand over her belongings. They also took her bicycle. The suspects fled the area toward Herndon. The victim reported minor injuries from the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective C. Pickrell at 703-777-1021. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app. 

3 thoughts on “Suspect Sketches Released in W&OD Trail Armed Robbery in Sterling

  • 2019-08-30 at 8:58 pm

    This is why everyone should carry a firearm even when riding their bicycles!

    It is legal to open carry in Virginia without a permit as long as you are legally permitted to own a firearm. It is fairly simple to get a concealed handgun permit and sufficient training at any of several gun ranges in Northern Virginia. Virtually every range offers frequent classes in self-defense.

    Join the VCDL ( and visit any one of the ranges like Silver Eagle Group, Blue Ridge Arsenal, Elite Shooting Sports or the NRA range to learn more about permits and training. Be safe, get trained, purchase a firearm and carry everywhere you can legally carry! You are your very own first-responder.

    • 2019-09-01 at 8:39 am

      Absolutely Not.

      Everyone has the right to protect themselves and if they choose to do so with a gun they should seek proper training but it’s hardly the only option to improve personal safety. (The VCDL membership is completely unnecessary bytheway.) To arm everyone everywhere will drastically increase deaths from improper gun handling, would-be victims asserting themselves (but being overtaken), or startled folks “standing their ground” without cause. I expect the few cases where a victim actually protects themselves will not sufficiently offset the carnage caused by such wide-spread paranoia.

      • 2019-09-02 at 10:23 am


        Thanks for acknowledging everyone’s right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms!
        We seem to agree that carrying a firearm includes the responsibility of sufficient training.

        Training for a concealed handgun permit focuses on situational awareness, conflict avoidance, de-escalation, and use-of-force laws in Virginia. Responsibly-armed citizens use firearms up to 2.5 million times per year in the USA to defend themselves. That’s more than “a few cases.”

        “Guns save lives” is a fact. The CDC conducted a 3-year study around 20 years ago that proved this very fact. That study was recently confirmed by a scholar out of FSU.

        Information on that survey, conducted and suppressed by the CDC because it didn’t confirm to their anti-gun bias, may be found at

        The great people at are not “unnecessary” to this process as getting involved with those defending your 2A rights and incredibly well-versed in the use of firearms, firearm laws and self-defense is a great way to make sure you are aware of training opportunities and other issues concerning citizens and residents of Virginia.

        Join the VCDL at one of the Loudoun County meetings later this month and learn about these issues.

        You, and that lady on the trail, and I are more often than not our own first responders. Make sure you are ready when things happen.

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