Police link three local robberies

Police linked a 22-year-old Centreville man with two previous robberies following his arrest Wednesday night in connection with a robbery at a Shell gas station at the corner of Balls Ford and Sudley roads in the Manassas area.

Daniel Amos Frenzel, of 14407 Rustling Leap Lane, was taken into custody following an armed robbery he is accused of committing at the gas station across the street, Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman, said Thursday.

Police contend Frenzel is the man who stole cash, cigarettes and Philly Blunts from the station, running off afterward.

Frenzel was arrested after a brief foot chase initiated when police developed information that the man they believed to be the robber was staying in room 242 at a nearby Super 8 motel, Mangan said.

When they knocked on the door, Frenzel smashed a second-story window and jumped, running off, Mangan said. Police caught up with him at the intersection of Va. 234 and Interstate 66 — only a short distance from the motel.

Police discovered Frenzel “fit the description” associated with two other robberies.

He was charged with three counts of armed robbery and three counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the Shell station robbery, a March 27 Coverstone area 7-Eleven robbery and a Yorkshire Amoco robbery that same night.

Those charges came following an interview with Frenzel, Mangan said.

Laver D. McCauley, 22, of 3813 New Hampshire Avenue in Washington, D.C., was in the Super 8 motel room as well, Mangan said.

He was charged with possession of cocaine and destruction of private property.

Police recovered the cigarettes, Philly Blunts, a gun, knife and drugs in the room, Mangan said. It was not clear Thursday if the stolen money was recovered.

Staff writer Daniel Drew can be reached at (703) 878-8065.