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Update #3 on Denny’s Restaurant homicide, robbery Dec. 26

Homicide Investigation *ADDITIONAL DETAILS – On December 26 at 2:25AM, officers responded to the Denny’s located at 8201 Sudley Road in Manassas (20109) to investigate an armed robbery. The investigation revealed that two armed suspects entered the Denny’s where one of the men brandished a handgun while the second suspect was armed with a baton. The men ordered the patrons of the restaurant and employees to the ground while demanding their cell phones and wallets. The men further demanded money from the business.

As the suspects were leaving, the suspect armed with a handgun shot a 34-year-old man who was being cooperative while sitting on the ground as initially demanded. The suspects also encountered a second male victim, who was walking into the Denny’s and unknowingly held the door for the suspects as they exited. The suspect armed with the baton struck the victim in the head then the second suspect shot the victim. The suspects then fled on foot.

Officers, including a police K-9, and troopers from the Virginia State Police searched for the suspects who were not located.

Officers rendered first-aid to the victims until rescue personnel arrived on scene. Both victims were transported to area hospitals where the second victim, identified as Yusuf OZGUR, 56, of Manassas, died as a result of his injuries. Mr. OZGUR worked for a food delivery service and was at the Denny’s to pick-up a to-go order.

The first victim, who was dining at the establishment with other parties, was treated for serious injuries and is expected to survive. There was a total of 23 persons at the restaurant during the incident, including employees and patrons. No money or property was taken from the business.

In partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a $10,000 reward has been offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals in connection to this incident. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Suspect Descriptions:
Two black males, late teens-early 20s, 5’10”-6’0”, 180lbs
Last seen wearing all black or dark colored clothing

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Prince William County Police Department tipline at 703.792.7000 or submit a webtip to: http://www.pwcgov.org/policetip.

Homicide Investigation *VICTIM IDENTIFIED [Previously Released] – Detectives with the Homicide Unit have identified the victim killed in the early morning robbery that occurred at the Denny’s on Sudley Rd in Manassas. The deceased was identified as Yusuf OZGUR, 56, of Manassas. The second victim shot was identified as a 34-year-old man of Rixeyville who remains hospitalized. The victims were not known to one another or the suspects.  More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Homicide Investigation *CASE RECLASSIFIED [Previously Released] – Detectives have confirmed one of the victims shot during the early morning robbery at the Denny’s on Sudley Rd in Manassas has died. Homicide detectives are actively investigating the incident at this time. The other victim shot during the incidents remains hospitalized. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

Shooting | Armed Robbery Investigation [Previously Released] – On December 26 at 2:25AM, officers responded to the Denny’s located at 8201 Sudley Road in Manassas (20109) to investigate an armed robbery. The preliminary investigation revealed that two armed men entered the business and began demanding property from customers and employees. During the encounter, two adult male customers were shot before the suspects fled. Officers arrived and located the gunshot wound victims and provided first-aid until rescue personnel arrived. Both victims were transported to an area hospital. Conditions of the victims is not being released at this time. A police K-9 searched for the suspects who were not located. More information will be released when available. The investigation continues.

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