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Press Release

Burke Woman Sentenced for Role in Multiple Armed Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ariel Monet-Viola Long, 22, of Burke, was sentenced today to 138 months in prison for robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Long pleaded guilty on July 19.  According to court documents, from Dec. 24, 2015 to May 9, 2016, Long’s boyfriend, Larry Pyos, Jr., used a handgun to rob at least six commercial establishments in northern Virginia: Good Fortune Supermarket, Shri Krishna Grocery, Dollar Power Store, Ding How Carry-Out, Hong Kong Palace, and Subway, in addition to robbing a man on the street outside of the Laze Café in Falls Church.  Long lived with Pyos, was aware he was committing armed robberies, and purchased the handguns Pyos used to commit each crime.  On multiple occasions Long acted as Pyos’ getaway driver.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Rich and Tyler McGaughey prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-150.

Updated December 2, 2016

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