ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria police are searching for a suspect who they say tried to steal Halloween candy from a group of children at gunpoint.
The incident occurred on October 31 at about 8:30 p.m. on a school playground in the 2600 block of Commonwealth Avenue, police said. The suspect approached a group of 12 juveniles playing tag, displayed a handgun and demanded Halloween candy, police said.
The children fled the scene unharmed, police said.
The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early twenties, about 5'10" tall, police said. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a black ski-mask and carrying a red and black backpack, according to police.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Sergeant Michael Kochis at 703.746.6285.