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EXCLUSIVE: Police Impersonation Home Invasion Has Bank Robbery Tie

by ARLnow.com February 28, 2012 at 10:32 am 6,065 31 Comments

A home invasion armed robbery in South Arlington last week has a connection to a series of bank robberies late last year, ARLnow.com has learned exclusively.

Two men impersonating police officers with a search warrant forced their way into a home on the 300 block of S. Fillmore Street around 11:20 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, according to Arlington County police. One of the suspects held the residents — a woman and two children — at knifepoint in the living room while the second suspect, armed with a handgun, ransacked the house. In the end, the suspects made off with nearly $13,000 in cash and jewelry.

A police source has confirmed to ARLnow.com that the house targeted by the two armed robbers was that of Rafi Khan, 23, who was arrested in December and charged with two counts of bank robbery. Both robberies both took place in Arlington over the course of a week.

Khan’s trial is currently scheduled for May. The exact connection between Khan and the home invasion is unclear, but police have indicated that they believe his home was specifically targeted, telling news outlets that the crime was likely an “isolated incident” and that “there’s no reason to believe that this is an ongoing occurrence.”

In a crime report last week, police issued the following descriptions of the suspects.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 6’2” tall, with a medium build and was wearing a black ski mask, sunglasses, a black Northface winter coat and black gloves. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5’5” tall, with a heavy build and was wearing eyeglasses, black coat and black pants.

  • Valerie

    Poetic justice?

    • Tabs

      Against his family (not sure of the relation)?

      • Thes

        This is the kind of thing we’re supposed to be avoiding by living in a society governed by laws. If you rob banks, then you pay the penalty in prison for a specified time, but your family is left alone, and while you’re there — and when you get out — you are otherwise protected by the law just like everybody else.

        • Cromentator

          And you get to keep the money. You did earn it, afterall.

        • awh hells bells

          Are you arguing that there should be honor amongst thieves?

  • JamesE

    $13k in cash and jewelry?

  • Star Trek II

    The Wrath of Khan

    • CrystalMikey


  • G Clifford Prout

    That’s choice!

  • MW

    There is a day care center run out of that house. I hope someone is informing the parents that their children are exposed to bank robbers, guns, etc…

    • Village Genius

      Relax, a close read of the article states that the robbery occurred at 11 pm at a time when child care was likely not happening.

      Maybe it really was the police (or teachers or nurses) who could not find affordable housing and needed the cash to pay the high housing costs?

  • Ben

    Hire two of your buddies to “stage” a robbery of the cash you had stolen from the bank.


  • CW

    That s*** cray.

  • South Arlington

    Robbing the robber. Nice.

    State’s Atty. Ilene Nathan: Mr. Little, how does a man rob drug dealers for eight or nine years and live to tell about it?

    Omar: [slight pause, slight shrug] Day at a time, I s’pose.

    • Josh S


      -.5 for “olds”



  • Too Easy

    No Big Deal that they impersonated ACPD – WTF

    • GrandArch

      Seriously. It raises a good question – how do we know if someone is really a police officer? With the plethora of private security companies that have uniforms and badges and everything, and the multitude of federal agencies and authorities having jurisdiction, how can normal people know who is really some sort of cop?

      • John B

        You’re always allowed to call the police for verification when your vehicle or residence is approached by police. You can even lead police on a “low speed chase” to the nearest police or fire department if you are unsure.

        • TooEasy

          I’m sure they will take that well. Jebus they freak out if you take a picture of them.

        • TJ

          According to the code of Virginia (sec 46.2-817), disregarding a law enforcement officer’s signal to stop is illegal. A “low speed chase” constitutes eluding, which is, in this case, a Class 2 misdemeanor. In order to get off in court, you’ll have to show that you “reasonably believed [you were] being pursued by a person other than a law-enforcement officer.” And if the cop/prosecutor think that you were driving recklessly, it’s a felony. If you’re not sure, call 911 and ask, but knowing that law, I wouldnt keep on driving for too long.

          But we’re off topic. Your rights are a lot different inside your home. Don’t open the door for strangers! Call 911. If it’s really the police and you don’t let them in, my bet is that they’ll call their friends…when you see the SWAT team, you’ll know they’re for real.

          • John B

            It’s all in how you do it. If you go slowly and proceed directly to the nearest fire or police station, you should not have a problem later (other than the initial problem(s) for which they decided to pull you over). And obviously your part about reasonable belief that the person wasn’t an officer would be the plan or you wouldn’t have led them on in the first place. But yes, I get your point.


    Cause a real police officer won’t hold you at knife point, while just one other officer is searching.

    It should be a 3 to 1 ratio of police officers standing doing nothing while one works.

    • TooEasy

      Duh , this implies they have already breached the entrance and gained trust.

    • Curious George

      Even a PG police officer?

  • Michael H.


  • PikerGirl

    Do the police wear ski masks?

    • Richard Cranium

      Yes – when skiing.

    • TooEasy

      Yes and they wear combat gear while patrolling the Arlington county fair. Jebus they even use night vision you would think they would be like cool London cops instead of sterioided up midgets.

  • JoshInBallston

    Can we hang all 3 from streetlight poles?

  • JohnB

    Obviously Khan was into some people for some money (which could explain the motivation for the multiple brazen bank robberies), and they decided to take it from his family since he won’t be able to pay them back from inside prison.

    • speonjosh

      Or these guys saw the news coverage and figured it was likely that he might have some valuable stuff newly acquired with his bank robbery takings. I think that might have something to do with how you come up with $13,000 in jewelry.


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