UPDATED - Pentagon City Carjacking Leads to Pursuit

Published on February 22, 2020

/files/b1b2bac6-07e6-497b-b33b-ccb8a8173ae1/20180520-Taste-of-Arlington-13.jpg UPDATE 3/16/20 — The Arlington County Police Department's Homicide/Robbery Unit is providing an update into the investigation of armed robbery incidents in Pentagon City garages. A person of interest has been arrested in Maryland and future charges related to criminal incidents in Arlington are anticipated.

This remains an open and active criminal investigation with Arlington County detectives continuing to work with our regional law enforcement partners from Prince George's County Police, Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to following safety tips and crime prevention measures while reporting suspicious activity in the area to law enforcement for investigation. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective S. King of the Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4243 or seking@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at ‪1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Police Department's Homicide/Robbery Unit is investigating two armed robberies that occurred in Pentagon City Garages on the evening of February 21, 2020.

At approximately 10:25 p.m., an officer conducting proactive patrol inside a parking garage in the 1100 block of S. Hayes Street was flagged down for assistance by the victim. The victim stated he had been sitting inside his parked vehicle looking at his cell phone when he heard a knock at the window and observed an unknown male suspect brandishing a firearm. The victim exited the vehicle and was assaulted by the suspect. The victim screamed and the suspect fled the scene on foot. The victim was treated on scene by medics for minor injuries. A lookout was broadcast, and officers canvased the area for the suspect.

At approximately 10:50 p.m., while investigating the above-mentioned incident, police were dispatched to the report of a carjacking inside the garage in the 900 block of Army Navy Drive. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 10:34 p.m., the victim entered the garage, parked his vehicle and observed the suspect acting suspiciously. The victim left the area but immediately returned to check on his vehicle. Upon returning, the suspect confronted the victim, brandished a firearm and demanded the victim's keys. The suspect fled the scene in a black Honda Civic with Virginia license plate UND4813.

Responding officers observed the suspect driving eastbound on Army Navy Drive. At the intersection of Army Navy Drive and Fern Street, the suspect ran a red light and fled the scene at a high rate of speed into the northbound lanes of I-395 HOV. The officers activated their emergency equipment and pursued the vehicle but were unable to maintain contact due to the extreme speed of the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was last seen entering Washington D.C.

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid 20's, approximately 6 feet tall, 165 — 175 pounds with short black hair and a light amount of facial hair. He was wearing a black jacket, dark jeans and dark sneakers at the time of the incident.

Police are investigating these incidents as a series with the earlier reported carjackings in the area. The series remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation with detectives continuing to follow-up on investigative leads. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective S. King of the Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4243 or seking@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at ‪1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
Safety Tips and Crime Prevention Measures

The department continues to deploy increased police resources, to include both visible and non-visible assets, in the Pentagon City area. As part of our investigative efforts into these incidents, detectives are working collaboratively with regional law enforcement partners to identify crime trends and apprehend suspect(s).

The department's efforts to prevent crime in Arlington County are enhanced by the active involvement of the public. If you observe suspicious activity or are the victim of a crime, contact police immediately by calling the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222 or 911 in an emergency.

RelatedFactors to consider when reporting suspicious activity

Police are reminding the public to follow these safety tips:

  • Exit your vehicle and continue to your destination promptly after parking

  • Park in well-lit, high traffic areas.

  • Be aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting your vehicle

  • Limit your use of devices that may distract you, such as cell phones and headphones

  • Don't leave items unattended or visible in your vehicle