Armed carjackers forced driver to sign over title


By Scott McCabe

Two Washington men were charged in an armed carjacking after D.C. police say they each pulled out guns and ordered a car owner to sign the title of the vehicle to them.

One suspect was arrested after he visited the 7th District Police Station to check whether there were any warrants in his name.

According to D.C. police, the car owner advertised the sale of his blue 1998 Ford Ecoline van and agreed to meet a potential buyer in Congress Heights in Southeast Washington.

The three men took a test drive and pulled into a nearby alley where the potential buyer, later identified as 21-year-old Earl Leavonte Robinson, pulled out a wad of cash, and the seller noticed a pistol in his lap.

“Why you have a gun? We going like that?” the owner asked.

Robinson nodded to his companion in the backseat, Wade Sims, 21, who had a handgun pointed at the owner, police said.

Robinson ordered the van owner to sign over the vehicle, police said. The man complied.

“The victim had no choice in the matter because he was staring down the barrel of two weapons,” said Lt. Mustafa Hammid of the D.C. police.

The men fled with the van, and the victim reported the carjacking to police. He was able to identify both suspects through a photo array.

Robinson later called the owner and told him that he should not have reported the incident, police said. He then apologized and offered to meet to return the keys. It’s unclear from charging documents whether the seller took him up on the offer, but on Wednesday undercover police spotted Sims in Congress Heights and arrested him.

The next day, Robinson went to the 7D station to see if he had any warrants for his arrest. Vice officers immediately recognized Robinson and arrested him. Both men were ordered held without bond until the next hearing.