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Six Arrested After Road Rage Incident in Pentagon City

by ARLnow.com February 19, 2013 at 10:55 am 8,441 95 Comments

Arlington County police car (file photo)Five adults and one juvenile were arrested after a road rage incident in Pentagon City on Sunday.

The incident started at around 4:00 p.m. near Costco. Police say two cars were turning left on 15th Street S. from S. Fern Street when, for some unknown reason, tempers flared and horns started beeping. The two vehicles, a 2008 Chevrolet Impala and a 2004 Mercedes-Benz S450, made the turn and pulled to the side of the 500 block of 15th Street S.

A 16-year-old juvenile and an adult got out of the Impala and started arguing with a man who got out of the Mercedes, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The juvenile punched the Mercedes driver in the face, then both parties returned to the Impala, he said.

Before the they could drive off, the Mercedes driver pulled a wooden 2×4 post from the ground and smashed the back window of the Impala, Sternbeck said. At that time all five occupants of the Impala jumped out of the car and allegedly assailed the Mercedes driver.

They punched the man, dragged him to the sidewalk, struck him with the 2×4 multiple times, smashed the front windshield of his car, and then dragged him into some bushes, according to Sternbeck. The victim reportedly suffered severe cuts to his hands, requiring stitches; a fractured right elbow; bruising to his upper body, including his arms and face; and large welt on top of his head.

During the fracas, a neighbor came out and tried to break up the fight. The neighbor’s efforts were rebuffed and he or she maintained a safe distance from the fight due to fear, Sternbeck said.

The four adults in the Impala — Lavell Jeffries, Bernard Payton, Larry Johnson and Jeremiah Greer, all from D.C. and between the ages of 18 and 19 — were charged with malicious wounding by mob and held on a $2,000 bond. The juvenile was charged with malicious wounding by mob and destruction of property, and was released into the custody of his mother.

The driver of the Mercedes, 34-year-old Maurice Cox of Arlington, was charged with DUI and destruction of property.

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  • Mike Honcho

    I sure am glad I’m not the only person who feels like raging when they drive by Costco on the weekends.

    • CrystalMikey

      Ditto…that place is insane.

    • Cletus Van Damme

      He thought that his Mercedes combined with a little early afternoon drinking made him tough. Four people from D.C. in an Impala wanted him to know that wasn’t the case…

    • KLB

      I felt the same way after I saw the Twitter Headline, “Six arrested after road rage incident near the Costco in Pentagon City on Sunday.” Oh yeah, Costco on the weekends – not surprising there was a problem.

  • Happy

    Now this is news.

  • q

    It never matters. Walk (or drive) away.

    What can they take from you, your pride? Are you going to sacrifice everything over a schoolyard beef?

    It doesn’t matter–have a laugh, let it go, and get on to the good stuff life has to offer.

    • Kelly

      Get back in your PT Crusier, Fat Buddah.

      • bum


    • m

      Good points, q. But the Mercedes driver had been drinking enough to be charged with DUI, and the people in the other car were teenagers, so it’s a good bet nobody was thinking rationally in this instance. I won’t be too disappointed if all of these people have their drivers licenses taken away for a good long while.

      • Douglas Parker

        Now that you mention it, they were probably all operating with about the same level of judgement. Good observation.

  • John Fontain

    Lesson to be learned here: Pick and choose who you going to have a road rage incident with.

    • CW

      1 on 4 is not good odds, even if you do have a 2×4.

      • snarl

        the only thing that stops a bad guy with a…………(sorry, the time had come)

      • jmorse99

        It was at a hi-rent neighborhood. My wife stopped them by hollaring “Stop” 3 times. I got pics of 7 cops arresting 6 ppl. The Chevy’s back window was knocked out, as it was a hatchback. The 2×4 was larger than a baseball bat. Met the owners of both cars. It was less than 30 degrees outside.

  • Scoot Scoot

    Is this the same Maurice Cox charged with Drunk In Public on 10/20/2012?


    • South Awwlington

      If I were a betting man…it is the same neighborhood. And kudos to the po-po for hauling them in.

    • barryballston

      Some people call him the space cowboy,
      Some call him the gangster of love

      • drax

        WTF is a pompatus of love anyway?

        • WeiQiang

          pompatus = Greek version of Gołąbki

          • drax

            Gołąbki — is that Serbian?

          • Not Me

            I married into a golumpki making family… yum!

          • Mr. Clarendon

            I actually had some golabki from Costco for Sunday dinner. Amazing how “it all ties together.”

          • Mr. Clarendon

            I actually had some gołąbki from Costco for Sunday dinner. Interesting.

      • snarl

        midnite toker; afternoon drinker

        • McgRUFF

          Hahaha, and snarl is my new favorite handle name.

          • snarl

            very fitting for a crimEDOG…….

    • Really

      Good sleuthing. Stay off 15th Street Maurice.

      • HoosNArlington

        Stay out of Arlington, Lebowski!

    • pleb

      Yeah, that’s him, the one with the Virginia Tech shirt.

  • KLB
  • Ahhlington

    What a mess all around. Grown a$$ adults. And i’m sure that kid will grow up to be a respectable member of society.

  • JamesE

    This really makes me wish I had gotten the UMADBRO license plate before it was taken.

  • YTK

    That area is always nutso. It’s bad enough as a pedestrian just trying to dodge cars in the parking lot to get to the doors and get inside the store(s)..

  • Jennifer B.

    Why doesn’t this suprise me. I see this every single day on my way to and from work in Arlington, VA. Ironically I don’t see much of this in DC or in MD.

    • Hee-Haw

      Arlington: Road rage capital of the world !

      Road rage doesn’t happen in DC or MD…

    • flyover_country

      Pleeze…In DC its so expected that nobody hardly notices. It wasn’t until recently I’ve begun to see folks stop in the travel lane, put on their blinkers and exit the car – happens all the time in the District. Where do you think the “Don’t Block the Box” campaign started – DC. That all said, traffic around the Costco is crazy. Doesn’t help that there seems to always be two dozen buses parked outside Pentagon City Mall often blocking traffic. The BJs in Falls Church has been a Godsend.

      • WeiQiang

        DBtB was started to address the fact that folks who were behind a stop line at an intersection as the light was turning yellow thought that they were justified in actually entering the intersection and thereby blocking cross-street traffic from crossing unimpeded.

        i don’t see many folks get out of their cars, but I do see a LOT of cabs slow-rolling [stopping at green lights to get to the next red, blocking lanes] to hook fares and then retaliate against motorists who honk or try to go around them. THAT’s the DC i know.

        i wouldn’t get out of my car in DC because my assumption is that they have a gun … and by “they” i’m referring to diplomats, entitled politicians, and residents.

      • flyover_country

        I actually think we are in agreement. I referred to DBtB as an example of the crazy driving in DC that to my knowledge hasn’t shown up in signage in the Arlington. The parking, blinkers, out of car I was referring to is basically folks that double park and think that is acceptable to block traffic in doing so. So far, its only begun to be a problem in Arlington.

        More generally, for a variety of reasons I try not to drive into DC, but rather only take the Metro.

      • Tumblebum

        I think that technically you are immune from the law after engaging your 4 way flashers. Even bank robbery is an unenforceable crime until the “wheel man” turns off the 4 ways. Then, of course, the chase may begin.

  • Pb

    Costco is kinda nutty on the weekends what with all the hipsters and people from DC coming over to get their 5 pounds of butter, 2 cubic meters of Fruit-Loops, 256 roll/brick of toilet paper and other bulk goods.
    People are always bitching at one another in the parking lot and honking their horns trying to get in and out of that place.

    • drax

      So now “hipsters” is another “anyone from outside my little world doing things that upset me” like people from DC, PG, Maryland or the homeless.

      • Hee-Haw

        maybe not, maybe this person saw a whole lot of black-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans, and designer flannel shirts.

        • drax

          Well, sure, hipsters are known for buying 5 pounds of butter at Costco after all.

      • Pb

        Congradulations on your mastery of the obvious.

        • The Teacher

          Looks like you are still working on your mastery of spelling.

          “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”
          – Jimmy V

          • Pb

            Oh noez – it’s the grammar / spelling police! Was that you driving the Mercedes getting attacked after correcting some of DC’s finest sentence structure and slang?

          • The Teacher

            It was. How’d you like my use of the 2×4? Creative, eh?

      • KathyInArlingtonVA

        drax, I do, in general, love your comments.

    • WeiQiang

      i know that won’t you get a FREDTERP, but i would like to have an ArlNow incentive award for “perpetuating the misuse of a colloquialism” like ‘hipster’.

      i would like to thank all the folks who shop at CostCo whose sales tax is partially returned to Arlington from Richmond.

    • Going to Costco or any other “big box” store doesn’t seem like it would appeal to hipsters, well, unless the butter is raw, the fruit loops made from organic fruits, and the toilet paper made of recycled paper.

      • drax

        Costco is about as non-hipster as it gets. It’s suburban and “mainstream.” Unless they’re shopping there ironically.

        • Hee-Haw

          And that’s the genius of the hipster mind !

      • Hee-Haw

        that’s where you’re wrong. Now hipsters like stuff that they didn’t used to like. They are an extremely image-conscious group, with their designer flannel shirts and constant facebook posts of instagram photos.

      • ARL’er

        Do they sell PBR?

  • Timmy

    Boys will be boys.

  • Major Pup McPuppo Jr.


  • Bobby

    This is what happens when you border DC.

  • Joe Hoya

    Another driver didn’t see me waiting patiently for a spot in the Costco parking lot and got pissed when I pulled into it ahead of him. When I got back from shopping, he had let the air out of one of my tires. That was a weekday. I hated going to that Costco so much, I eventually let my membership lapse and now go to BJ’s.

    • SomeGuy

      You should talk to Clarendon Skank. I suspect she also has some riveting commentary about BJ’s.

      • ClarendonSkank

        Sorry, I was going to say something but my mouth was full.

        • Cyrus

          And I suppose your hands were otherwise occupied.

    • soarlslacker

      I parked at Costco at 10am on weekday and a 20 year old jumped out of his mommy’s Lexus and threaten me. He thought it was his mommy’s parking space. I was very glad John was working the parking lot that morning. My spouse used to remind me to “take your taser” when I went shopping down Rt 1 at Beacon Mall…now it is take your phone and your taser when you leave the house…kind of sad that nut jobs are everywhere and look pretty normal until they are threatening you. Mommy should have controlled her child…I could have had him arrested.

  • Old Yeller

    Man, none of this would have happened if the drivers had simply been armed.

    • antagonist

      Or if they were all riding a streetcar. There. I said it.

      • b0rk

        That’s bravery, folks.

  • Fissettistas

    Kids, please take note of the excellent recycling sub-story here: using an old 2×4 rather than letting it go to waste.

    • Crusader Jay

      Well done. No plastic bottles were harmed during this incident. A 15-member citizens panel has been established to study placing old 2x4s at busy intersections throughout ArlCo, and Zimmie will be getting an extra bonus to advise Aecom on the addition of emergency 2x4s on trolleys.

  • Marlington

    Yikes, note to self: stay calm.

  • Eric L. Wright

    Don’t mess with Boyz-N-The-Hood.

  • happy cyclist

    So can I call drivers mike tyson wannabe’s?

  • Simply wow

    I watched this happen from my apartment, from the point in which one of the individuals in the Impala threw a brick or rock through the windshield of the Mercedes, until the end when the tow truck removed both cars. I have to say that the Arlington County police (and one VA State policeman as well) handled the situation exceedingly well–and quickly–given the level of violence and anger displayed by those who were in the Impala. We don’t say thank you enough to the Arlington force for their professionalism and quick response.

    • G Clifford Prout

      Quick response ! Only because they were busy with their little “right on red” trap at 18th and S. Eads.

      • MyHood

        So they got you too G. Clifford Prout? I have lived in this neighborhood for 18 years (jeeze I am old) and that sign was always “No turn on red when pedestrians are present.” I never even noticed that it changed until the nice police man was handing me the $110 ticket. Crap!

        • Just the Facts

          “Holy crap, something changed in my world!”

          Pay attention people!

        • G Clifford Prout

          No, they got me hiding under the bridge on the Pike headed into North Parking. But I did drive by 18th and Eads and wondered what all those cop cars were doing there on a Sunday. I watched and found out. Gotta love those “proactivity expectations” which are NOT quotas.

          • MyHood

            Yep, they love to hang out there too. It’s pretty easy to get rolling at more than 35 going down the hill toward the bridge without ever hitting the gas.

        • WeiQiang

          Sorry to hear you got snagged. Had the same thing happen at lunch on the way to walk my girl. I pulled up next to a policewoman parked in front of the closed post office. She was watching for red-turners coming east on 18th. I made a right on red on to e/b 18th – out of habit – right next to her. She pulled me over and gave me a warning. These days, they even set up motorcycle cops in the middle of Eads to process the ‘illegals’ faster, like a toll booth. From what I can see, they can get the drivers red-turning from westbound 20th and from eastbound 18th simultaneously.

      • Tumblebum

        I knew it. The entire fight scene was a set up to lure in the traffic violators. Drat!

    • Pete

      You live an exciting life,staring out of your window.

      • Quoth the Raven

        Right. Because if there was a gigantic fight outside of your window, you wouldn’t have looked.

  • South Awwlington

    Is this an appropriate time to suggest (again) a toll on all bridges into VA from DC and MD? Just sayin’.

    • DCBuff

      South Arlington. Just sayin’

      • RL

        North Arlington dbag. Just sayin’

        • Major Pup McPuppo Jr.

          just sayin’

    • HoosNArlington

      How about a toll bridge from south to north Arlington as well?

      • WeiQiang

        we can just pile up couches, stolen SUV tires, and 2×4’s. we can identify the NArls by their neighborhood parking stickers.

  • Granda Ma Ma

    Man that wasnt me arrested must have been the Larry Johnson from Penn State….not UNLV

  • Ban em’

    Ban all assault 2×4’s!

    • WeiQiang

      i suggest banning 2×4’s longer than 6 inches. can’t swing it and it’s hard to throw.

      • DCBuff

        Background checks at the Home Ds!

  • Jake

    If we only had a Waffle House these folks would have somewhere to sit down over a cup of coffee and some scattered, smothered and covered hash browns and discuss their disagreements.

  • balloonston

    Did any witnesses happen to get this incident on video? I’d like to see what happened

  • Hacksaw Jim Duggan

    I know lots of responsible 2×4 owners. Hoooooo, tough guy!

  • Ric Flair

    Hacksaw!! You are mine!!!! Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Monks R. Punks

    I’m surprised the Impala stopped, 500 lbs of hamhocks aren’t gonna resell themselves.


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