FAIRFAX COUNTY - Both suspects charged in the May 21 jewelry store robbery at Brookfield Plaza have now been extradited back to Fairfax County to stand trial. William Timothy Franklin was transported from Charles County, Maryland and Jasminder Sethi was transported from Newark, New Jersey.
As of yesterday, both men are being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on no bond.
The case remains active and the investigation is ongoing.
FAIRFAX COUNTY — When the Fairfax County Police Department got the call for help from Dubai Jewelers Saturday afternoon just before 12:30 p.m. the information was vague.
All that could be heard on the line were cries for help.
Four minutes later a patrol officer in the area went to check out the situation and on the employees of the business in the Brookfield Plaza. It caught the robbery suspect by surprise as he was leaving. After the officer told the man to put down his gun that thief opened fire, shooting several rounds through the parking lot.
“The suspect exited the jewelry store and immediately opened fire on our officer and the officer got engaged in a gun battle,” said Chief Edwin Roessler of the Fairfax County Police Department.
The officer was not hurt but one person in the parking lot at the time was struck by a bullet and rushed to the hospital. Initially that victim was said to have life-threatening injuries but late Saturday the department released a statement clarifying that the person is expected to survive.
The jewelry store robber dropped some items in the parking lot and took off in a car. He wrecked that car very quickly then carjacked another car before wrecking that one too. It was found abandoned off Hooes Rd., less than two miles away.
The neighborhood surrounding Hooes Rd. was put on lockdown and those living nearby were told to stay inside for several hours while authorities searched for the jewelry store thief.
Patrol officers, K-9, helicopters, and Troopers from the Virginia State Police searched the area but could not find the man.
Officers are still looking for a suspect described as black, between 20 and 30 years old. He was seen last wearing all brown clothing and a brown hat. However, police say that the suspect could have changed clothes.
During the crime spree, only the man shot in the parking lot across from Dubai Jewelers was injured.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131