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Man in ‘Jabbawockeez’-Style Mask Robs Couple at Gunpoint

A couple was robbed in Arlington’s Ashton Heights neighborhood over the weekend by a gun-toting man in a distinctive white mask.

The robbery happened around 1 a.m., according to a police report and an account of the robbery by the victim, which was obtained by ARLnow after being posted on Nextdoor.

“Around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I had just parked… when we were robbed at gunpoint,” the victim wrote. “The car pulled up quickly, blocking our car from moving, and he ran up to the driver side where I was, threw open the door, pointed the gun in my face and told me to stop screaming or he’d kill us.”

“He took everything we had an said ‘Y’all have a blessed day’ before driving off and taking a right down Irving toward Arlington Blvd,” the victim continued. “Through Find my iPhone we were able to track him into DC, into Maryland where he stopped for gas, and back into the city before my phone was erased. He has not been caught, but I have reported all this information to the police.”

The victim added that the man was wearing a “full white mask” similar to those worn by the Jabbawockeez, a well-known dance group. He was driving a Toyota RAV4 with what appeared to be temporary paper tags, she said.

More from today’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

ARMED ROBBERY, 2020-12050007, 3200 block of 1st Place N. At approximately 12:56 a.m. on December 5, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victims were inside their parked vehicle when they observed the suspect vehicle pass them and stop in the middle of the street. The suspect exited his vehicle, approached the victims and forcefully opened the door to their vehicle. He displayed a firearm, threatened one of the victims and demanded items of value. The suspect stole personal belongings from both victims, then fled in his vehicle prior to police arrival. The suspect is described as a Black male in his 20’s, average height, medium build, wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up, and a white face mask. The suspect vehicle is described as a black or dark colored, newer model Toyota Rav4. The investigation is ongoing.

Also in today’s crime report, a driver in Pentagon City allegedly spat on a pedestrian he nearly ran over, before deliberately backing in to him. More from ACPD:

ATTEMPTED MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2020-12050091, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 1:46 p.m. on December 5, police were dispatched to the report of a hit and run just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was crossing the street in a crosswalk when the driver of the suspect vehicle turned and almost struck him. The suspect then turned his vehicle around, parked, and approached the victim. A verbal dispute ensued, during which the suspect spit on the victim. The suspect returned to his vehicle, and, as the victim attempted to take a photo, began to reverse towards him. The victim attempted to back away, however he was pushed by the vehicle into oncoming traffic. The suspect vehicle then fled prior to police arrival. The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a young Black male, 20-25 years old, with a slim build, short hair, and approximately 5’7″. The vehicle is described as a white, four door sedan. The investigation is ongoing.

Additional weekend crime report items, including a series of car thefts, are below.

STOLEN VEHICLES (series), 2020-12060070/0073/0074, 3400 block of N. Venice Street/1800 block of N. Nelson Street/2000 block of N. Kenmore Street. On the morning of December 6, police were dispatched to multiple calls for service regarding stolen vehicles. It was determined that three unlocked vehicles were entered and stolen overnight. Vehicle One is a blue 2020 Land Rover PC, with Virginia license plate VCR4046. Vehicle Two is a black 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with Virginia License Plate HOYAO3. Vehicle Three is a white 2020 Audi A6, with Virginia license plate 6472SF. The investigations are ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2020-12040038, 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 7:20 a.m. on December 4, police were dispatched to the report of an exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 7:00 a.m., the victim was inside a business when she observed the male suspect outside the window allegedly exposing himself and touching himself inappropriately. The suspect fled prior to police arrival. He is described as a White or Hispanic male in his mid to late 40’s, approximately 5’9″-5’10”, with dark brown hair, a long black and gray beard, wearing a baseball cap, black sweatshirt, and dark khaki pants. The investigation is ongoing.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY/ BURGLARY (late), 2020-120500020/0052, 1100 block of S. Joyce Street. At approximately 3:38 a.m. on December 5, police were dispatched to the report of an alarm. Upon arrival, it was determined that two unknown suspects arrived in a vehicle, exited, and Suspect One damaged the window to the business. At approximately 8:31 a.m., police were dispatched to the late report of a burglary at a neighboring business. It was determined that an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to the business, causing damage. Nothing was reported stolen from the business. Suspect One is described as a Black male, wearing a gray t-shirt, jeans, and white sneakers. Suspect Two is described as a male, wearing dark clothing. The vehicle is described as a black or dark gray, four door sedan. The investigation is ongoing.

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