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Armed Robbery Reported at Virginia Highlands Park

by ARLnow.com December 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm 5,304 43 Comments

A man was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Virginia Highlands Park last night.

The male victim told police that a man pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet around 7:00 Wednesday night. After taking the wallet, the perpetrator fled the scene with an accomplice who was serving as a lookout, according to police.

The park, at 1600 S. Hayes Street, is one block from the Pentagon City mall and Metro station.

From today’s daily crime report:

ROBBERY, 12/19/12, 1600 block of S. Hayes Street. At 7:00 pm on December 19, a male victim was approached by a male subject in Highlands Park. The subject allegedly pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at the victim, demanding that the victim give him his wallet. The subject took the victim’s wallet and fled the scene with another subject that had been the lookout. The first suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, about 6’0”, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, and white sneakers. The second suspect was described as a black male in his 30’s, long braided hair, and wearing a dark colored puffy jacket, jeans and tan Timberland boots.

  • GunKRAZY

    Guns are VIBRANT.

  • novasteve


  • Autoexec.bat

    Don’t worry. This is just folks from DC coming over to Pentagon City to do a little “Christmas shopping.”

  • Douglas Parker



    I hope this doesn’t turn into another gun control debate… Talking to you ignorant liberals up in the DC area is like trying to have a conversation with a gerbil. I bet that punk who robbed that guy didn’t know how to use that gun. These stories are why I carry concealed. To protect myself, and my family. You are not going to stop evil men, you are not going to stop armed criminals from cutting crimes with legislation. Take a class, get licensed, carry a gun and educate yourself on what history has shown us about the bad outcomes of taking guns away from law abiding citizens edited you get on a soap box and take away my second amendment rights.

    • Captain_Obvious

      oh jeez, another 2nd amendment whack-job. How many times have you protected your family with your carry conceal ? What’s it like to live in fear constantly ? I’m willing to bet, you will go your entire life without ever having to use your gun to protect you or your family.

      • drax

        I don’t think he lives in fear. Just the opposite.

        • Captain_Obvious

          But his mindset is based on fear. He’s afraid someone will rob/attack him or his family so he buys a gun to feel more “safe” (manly).

          • drax

            Is that fear unreasonable though? People do get attacked and robbed. The question is whether his fear is irrational, and whether carrying a gun makes him more secure, or not.

          • Captain_Obvious

            I think it is. I’m sure he thinks the gun makes him more secure, but I don’t carry a gun and I’ve never (knock on wood) been attacked or robbed. And I don’t worry about it, ever. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

      • CCW-NOVA

        You know, Capt, you are an obvious ignorant. I hope you are right, I hope I never have to fire my weapon to protect my family…but while you are holding back tears, begging not to be harmed I will be able to stand up for myself. I don’t live in fear because I have nothing to fear. Who should I fear? some DC punk who stole his dad’s 9mm and want’s my starbucks card? No, i’ll be okay. I would caution you on putting any more bets down on the table. This whole “it will never happen to me” crap that people go on thinking everyday is why the mass shootings will continue. Good luck to ya.

        • and good luck to you

          as you are far FAR more likely to be killed by your own weapon that be able to use it to successfully defend yourself. facts is facts matey.

        • Captain_Obvious

          You should also learn to read. I’m not the one who is paranoid.

          If you’re scared, buy a dog.

    • Lee Highway

      Looks like you do want to turn it into a debate.

    • WeiQiang

      classic, brah. parody, defined.

      maybe a class in English grammar before a class in arms-carrying.

      • CCW-NOVA

        Nice. The typical Arlington citizen’s “poor grammar” rebuttal. Maybe your teachings on “there,their, and they’re” will stop someone from robbing you… Good luck with that, Gus

    • drax

      What has history shown us exactly?

      • CCW-NOVA

        Here are some history facts:

        In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
        In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
        Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
        China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
        Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
        Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
        Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
        Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

        Before you rebut the obvious, I understand that these examples are from a time where government is unstable, but it still shows the mistakes of government gun bans. If you want a more recent example of a history lesson: The shooting in the Mall at Oregon would have been 10x as fatal if a citizen with a CCW permit did not draw down on the shooter, making him retreat into a stairwell and shoot himself.

        • Captain_Obvious

          10x as fatal ? You don’t know that. Pure speculation. But I enjoyed the history lesson.

          • clutching at straws

            It says a lot about the strength of their argument when the only “facts” they can use to back up their pathetic lies are to cite violence occuring during times of war and strife. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.

        • drax

          This post is a joke. Plenty of peaceful, free democracies have gun control too.

          I don’t believe we should ban all guns, but your post is not the reason.

        • Pablo

          So you argument boils down to this: “History shows us gun control is the first step toward the government exterminating its citizens.” Do you actually think that is likely if the US bans assault weapons? If so, you should be living in a cabin in Montana.

  • WeiQiang

    hmmm … i walked the dog through there not long after. this is news.

  • MyHood

    I walked the dog around the park last night right around then also, but for some reason, the idea of walking through the park didn’t sit right last night so I walked us around the lighted outside sidewalks. Didn’t notice anyone fitting that description -probably a good thing for me anyway.

  • fedworker

    Aren’t Timberlands out of style now?

  • DeportEmAll

    This is South Arlington, right?

    • Oz

      You’re right, Deport – no crime ever happens in North Arlington. You must feel so superior.

      • DeportEmAll


  • Omg

    So Gestapo comes to your door at 2 am, you pull out your 9 and tell them to go away? Good luck with that

    • fedworker

      5 words. “Go ahead. Make my day.”

    • Miss Manners

      No, you tell them,”We do not receive gestapo before 10 a.m.”.

  • mickey_

    Another reason to use your Concealed Carry Permit and carry a piece.

  • Omg

    So…arm robber comes up to you to steal your Starbucks card, points a gun at you, you reach to your belt, pull out your 9, release your safety, and shoot, before he shoots you? Good luck with that too.

  • Brilliant Government Bureaucrat

    If only this park was a gun-free zone this would have never happened because the criminal who perpetrated this act would not have been allowed to bring their gun there. What a shame.

  • Omg

    Did someone suggest that a gun free zone would have prevented the robbery? Quick, shoot the straw man

    • Ummm

      I take it you’re not the best at detecting sarcasm, are you?

      • my bad

        Sorry I shot and killed him before I realized it was an ironic comment

        • drax

          So much for self-defense.

  • Curious Citizen

    So… can someone educated in law explain the consequences if:

    You shoot (CCW) the perp before he takes your wallet after being threatened with the gun


    After he takes your wallet and is fleeing with his accomplice (possibly armed)

    assuming he has the gun in his hands in both scenarios

    • Captain_Obvious

      In the first instance, I believe if gun is pointed at you, you’re good to go. You “could” get a manslaughter charge.

      In the second, I think that’s no, cause since he is fleeing, you are no longer in danger. That would be murder.

    • Wavy Gravy and the Mashed Potatoes

      1) You plead self defense; basically, the jury decides whether your fear was reasonable (as use of deadly force is almost a given here).

      2) You’re in a hell of a lot of trouble. There’s no immediate threat of deadly force once the dude’s fleeing.

    • Douglas Parker

      I was wondering the same thing.

      Presumably, the perp has the advantage of pre-planning, so often times its safe to expect that they’ll have the drop on the victim.

      So, armed or not, the victim will more than likely be at the mercy of the perp until the perp is running the other way with whatever they came for.

      The victim, gun or no gun, will be at the disadvantage throughout the ordeal. Only able to draw once the threat is no longer clear and present.

      • captain_subtle

        OMG’s got a good point with the whole drawing when drawn upon comment. I’d like to hear a counter argument to this, as I sure can’t think of one. At close range, you’re A.) either both getting shot (quite possibly not the perp), B.) going to suck it up and just get robbed because there isn’t time to draw with a gun in your face, or C.) going to get mad and murder the guy while he’s running away. I guess instead of going for a fatal shot, you could put a bullet in his knee when he’s running, but that’s possibly going to lead to an eventually fatal exchange of fire too, and if a jury sees an exit wound on the front of someone’s body, even in the leg, you’ll have a heck of a time telling them you were acting in self defense.


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