Sterling Robbery Suspect Falls to Death During Attempted Arrest

The primary suspect in the robbery of a Sterling business died March 25 as officers attempted to arrest him at his Arlington residence. 

The arrest stemmed from a March 5 incident in which a man entered a beauty supply store on Atlantic Boulevard and began placing merchandise into a bag. When confronted by the clerk, the suspect displayed a firearm. He left the store with several items and fled the area.

Investigators identified the primary suspect and obtained warrants. On Friday morning, Loudoun deputies and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service sought to make the arrest. According to the Arlington County Police Department, as the arresting officers knocked on the door and announced themselves, the man apparently attempted to escape through a window and fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

The circumstances of the fall remain under investigation by the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit.

A second suspect in the robbery, Rico-Joel L. Bradley, 35, of Reston, was arrested on March 29 in Fairfax County and charged with being principle in the second degree during a robbery with a firearm and robbery conspiracy. Bradley was held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

5 thoughts on “Sterling Robbery Suspect Falls to Death During Attempted Arrest

  • 2022-03-31 at 5:52 pm
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    What a terrible tragedy. It’s not clear why we’re just hearing about it five days later. I hope a thorough, independent investigation will take place. My sincere condolences to the family of the decedent.

    • 2022-04-01 at 11:41 am
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      I feel bad for the people who had to stare down the barrel of his gun while he committed an armed robbery.
      And appreciative to the members of law enforcement who tracked and attempted to remove this violent criminal from the streets.

    • 2022-04-01 at 5:09 pm
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      It’s been public since March 25.
      What does the “thorough, independent investigation” comment mean? The Arlington police department is investigating, as they should since it’s their jurisdiction.

  • 2022-04-01 at 10:04 am
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    Well that was a seriously bad decision on his part.
    Especially when one considers the fact that Loudoun’s CA would have handed him a gift basket of lollipops and teddy bears. Just like she does with other violent criminals.

  • 2022-04-01 at 5:13 pm
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    I have a question for legal experts here. Why were Loudoun deputies and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service making the arrest? Why didn’t Loudoun ask the Arlington PD to make the arrest? Why were US Marshals involved in what appears to be a local crime? Did LCSO and US Marshals arrest the other suspect in Fairfax?

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