Suspect Charged in Two Attempted Robberies

After an unsuccessful mini-crime spree on Friday, a 28-year-old man is behind bars charged with several felonies. 

The arrest comes after an attempted robbery in Leesburg followed by a second attempted robbery in Sterling on Sept. 13. The first incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. when the suspect attempted to rob the Loudoun Checks Cashed on Plaza Street in Leesburg. The second incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m., when the suspect entered the Sunoco on West Church Road in Sterling, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. Nothing was taken during either incident.

Jedidiah M. Gauzza, of no fixed address, was identified as the suspect through a joint investigation between the Town of Leesburg Police Department and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody by the Leesburg Police Friday evening and held on outstanding capias warrants from Loudoun County and Fairfax County. He was charged by the Sheriff’s Office with attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Leesburg Police files charges of two counts of identity theft, one count of possession of cocaine, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Gauzza was held without bond the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center pending an Oct. 23 hearing in Loudoun District Court.

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