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Alexandria police investigate second armed robbery in four days

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) -- Alexandria police are investigating a second armed robbery in the Del Ray area in four days.

Neighbors say that at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday morning in the Rosemont area near the intersection of East Myrtle and Braddock Road, a nanny had just dropped off a child when a man wearing a reflective vest under a jacket knocked on her passenger-side window. One witness, who asked us to shield their identity, says:

"She rolled down the window because he was wearing an orange safety guard jacket ... She thought he was a parking patrol."

But police say he pulled out a gun, demanded money, and moved around to the driver’s side of the vehicle. He ordered the woman out of the car and grabbed her, reportedly looking back and forth to make sure no one was looking.

Investigators say that he then held on to the victim, walking her down the street, and then groping her. He allegedly told her not to call the police or else he would kill her. 

Just three days earlier in Del Ray near the intersection fo Lesley and East Howell, police say a woman and her fiancé were robbed at gunpoint as they got into their car at about 8 a.m. Off-camera, the victim tells us she still has nightmares about it:

"I hope they find this person immediately so he can be put to justice, and no one else has to fear for their lives."

Police say it's too early to tell if the two robberies are related. Anyone with information should call police.

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