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Arrest made in city robbery
Arrest made in Giant robbery


Date published: 10/2/2010

BY LINDLEY ESTES

An Arlington man has been charged in the strong-armed robbery at the Giant Food Store last Saturday, police said.

David Lyons, 50, was located by members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force when the car identified at the crime scene was found outside an Arlington apartment complex.

Lyons surrendered to police and is currently in jail.

He is charged with one count of robbery.

The robbery occurred at the Giant store in Eagle Village off U.S. 1 at 12:30 p.m. during the University of Mary Washington's Family Weekend.

The victim, also 50, the mother of a UMW student from Chesapeake, was approached by a man as she entered the store.

He grabbed her and stole her purse from behind.

The victim fell, regained footing, and pursued him through the glass-enclosed exit.

Inside the exit, both the robber and the victim fell.

They fought briefly before he was able to escape, driving away in a gold Cadillac.

A Giant employee ran out of the store, jumping over the victim to record the license plate number of the vehicle, which led police to Arlington.

According to the Fredericksburg Police Department's public information officer, Natatia Bledsoe, Lyons has not been connected with any other incidents in Fredericksburg at this time.

Two days after that incident, another man stole a wallet from a shopping cart at the same Giant Food Store.

That suspect is still at large.

Lindley Estes: 540/374-5000, ext. 5779
Email: lestes@freelancestar.com