Update: Arrest made for attempted armed robberies in Loudoun County


The suspect is described as an unshaven white man wearing a hooded sweatshirt

Sunoco gas station at W Church Road in Sterling, Va. (Image credit: Google Maps)

STERLING, Va. (WDVM) — The Leesburg Police Department arrested and charged Jedidiah Gauzza, 28, Monday in connection with both the attempted robbery of a Leesburg check cashing store and the attempted robbery of a Sterling gas station Friday afternoon.

 The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a suspect Friday who attempted an armed robbery around 1 p.m. that day at the Sunoco located on W. Church Road in Sterling, Virginia.

The Sherrif’s Office said the suspect showed a firearm and demanded cash, then fled in an unknown direction. He’s described by authorities as a white man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and he was unshaven. Schools in the immediate area were placed on brief lockdown as a precaution.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, no one reported injuries and nothing was taken. Detectives were also investigating a connection between that incident and a similar attempted robbery that happened the same day in Leesburg at the Loudoun Checks Cashed. Leesburg Police said in that incident, the suspect entered the business around 11:15 a.m. Friday and fled the scene.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective M. Grimsley at 703-777-1021.

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