Prince William County man shot to death by homeowner linked to multiple 7-Eleven armed robberies

A Prince William County man who was shot to death by a homeowner when he approached her outside her house wearing a mask and wielding a handgun has been linked to multiple armed robberies in the area.

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Investigators say a 44-year-old woman was armed and standing on her porch in the 4100 block of Hoffman Drive in Woodbridge when she was approached by 20-year-old Azhar Laurent Smart of Triangle, who was masked and holding a handgun.

Police recovered what they believe to be Smart’s gun at the scene.

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With the help of federal law enforcement, investigators were able to determine that the same gun was used in an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in Woodbridge on July 16.

In addition, detectives believe Smart is linked to four other robberies at 7-Eleven stores in the Woodbridge and Dumfries areas.

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They say the ballistic evidence they gathered at the other convenience stores, along with the clothing the suspect was wearing at the time, confirm that Smart committed them.