A Manassas teen allegedly committed back-to-back robberies in Prince William County—including throwing a smoke bomb and holding employees at gunpoint during one incident, police said.
Prince William County Police have also charged two accomplices, who allegedly sat outside in the car while the unnamed 17-year-old male entered the stores. Store employees at the CVS on Washington Street in Haymarket reported at 9:09 p.m. Sunday that a masked man had entered the store, then lit and threw a smoke bomb.
The suspect then approached the counter in the pharmacy area, pulled out a handgun and demanded pills, Officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department, said in a press release.
Perok said that the teenager held two employees and a customer in the back of the store and demanded pills. The suspect eventually fled the store. Nothing was taken and no injuries were reported. Police searched unsuccessfully for the suspects, using a K-9.
Shortly afterwards, employees at the 7-Eleven on Sudley Road in Haymarket reported a separate robbery. Around 9:55 p.m., a masked man entered the store, pulled out a handgun and demanded money. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled. No one was injured.
Officers found a vehicle near Shelter Manor Lane and detained two of the suspects. The third fled on foot, Perok said. The suspect was arrested a short distance away from the scene.
In connection to the CVS robbery, the 17-year-old male is now charged with attempted robbery, using a firearm in commission of a felony, three counts of abduction, wearing a mask in a public place and possessing an explosive device. He is also charged with robbery, using a firearm in commission of a felony and wearing a mask in public for the incident at the 7-Eleven.
The other two, Adam Doyle Justice, 21, of MacKenzie Court in Warrenton, and Adam Joseph Gizinski, 19, of Clifton Manor Place in Haymarket, each face charges of attempted robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony for the CVS incident. They are also charged with robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony for the 7-Eleven robbery.
Both are scheduled to appear in court on March 20.