Smashed Windows, Road Rage Near Arlington Costco

An incident in Sunday traffic led to charges for six drivers.

Traffic near the Arlington Costco on a Sunday afternoon can be frustrating, to say the least. 

Six people were charged in a road rage incident this weekend, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

The incident took place at 4:06 p.m. Sunday near the 500 block of South 15th Street South, near the Costco in Pentagon City, police reported.

According to Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, it started when a Chevy Impala with five people inside were trying to make a left-hand turn. The car behind the Impala, a Mercedes-Benz which being driven by Maurice Cox, was also trying to make the turn, Sternbeck reported.

“They started honking and yelling,” Sternbeck said.

The two cars reportedly turned onto 15th Street South and pulled over. Two people who were in the Impala got out of the car and approached Cox. The men argued, and a 16 year old who had been a passenger in the Impala punched Cox in the face, Sternbeck said.

“Cox grabbed the two-by-four that was in the ground and smashed it in their window,” Sternbeck said.

From there, the other men who were in the Impala got out of their car and assaulted Cox, kicking him on the ground, Sternbeck said.

“They dragged him along the sidewalk and proceeded to assault him more and hit him with the two-by-four,” Sternbeck said. “They threw him in the bushes then they used the two-by-four to smash his window.”

Cox suffered an injury to his hand which required stitches and a broken arm.

Police arrived and Lavell Jeffries, 18, Bernard Payton, 18, Larry Johnson, 18, and Jeremiah Grier, 19, all of Washington, DC, were arrested and later charged with malicious wounding by mob. They were held on a $2,000 secure bond. The 16 year old was also charged with malicious wounding by mob and destruction of property. He was released to his mother.

Cox, 34, of Arlington, was also arrested and charged with DUI and destruction of property after receiving medical attention.


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