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Woman robbed near Dunn Loring Metro Station

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A woman was robbed at gunpoint as she walked to her car, blocks from the Dunn Loring Metro station.

Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell says the robbery happened around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"The woman was approached by a man with a gun, who took her purse and other valuables," Caldwell said.

Those who live in that community say ever since a massive construction project started at the Metro station, more and more commuters, desperate for parking, are leaving their vehicles on neighborhood streets.

The victim, who was not physically hurt, had left the Metro station and walked less than a mile to where he car was parked along Cottage Street.

The concern for one woman who lives in this community is, as this robber may have followed his victim into the neighborhood, more crime may follow.

"I think there is little doubt the construction taking away parking options is forcing people to park and walk farther" said Monica Smith.

Smith says she sees women walking alone down the sidewalk on Gallows Road and fears for their safety.

"I would rather pay to park, even further away, than take the risk with the so-called free parking on the street," she says.

The walk from the Metro to the community is not well-lighted and it's difficult to hear anything but the noise from I-66.

“You have to park further than you usually want to do and it's not light as it usually is, like where it would be around Metro,” says Howard Rivers, a commuter.

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