(Oct. 18, 2013) – One suspect is in custody and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a second suspect in connection with an October 14th home invasion style armed robbery at an apartment in Purcellville, VA.
Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit identified and arrested John C. Barwis, 23, of Ashburn on Tuesday on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Barwis is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of David C. Russell, Jr., 21, of Leesburg who is wanted in connection with the robbery. Russell is possibly driving a white Dodge Charger and is known to frequent the Leesburg and Sterling areas.
The home invasion style robbery occurred on Monday at an apartment in the 100 block of N. 21st Street inside the Town of Purcellville. Around 11:30PM members of the Town of Purcellville Police Department and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to the apartment where the suspects reportedly entered the apartment and brandished firearms. One of the occupants of the apartment was assaulted during the robbery and received minor injuries. He was taken to the Cornwall Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital where he was treated and released. Cash was reportedly taken before the suspects fled. The weapons used during the robbery have been recovered.
A ground and aerial search was conducted with the assistance of the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter. Two suspects have been identified and additional arrests are likely.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Russell is asked to call Detective M. McCaffrey at 703-777-0475. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.