District Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison For Broad Daylight Armed Robbery of Barber Shop
Defendant Committed Offenses While on Probation From Earlier Attempted Robbery
WASHINGTON – Jarred Thomas, 19, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a prison term of 121 months on charges stemming from a broad daylight armed robbery last year at a barber shop in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Thomas pled guilty in May 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to one count of interference with interstate commerce by robbery, one count of using, carrying, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was sentenced by the Honorable Rosemary M. Collyer. Upon completion of his prison term, Thomas will be placed on four years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, on Sept. 23, 2015, at approximately noontime, Thomas and his accomplice entered the “Like That 2” barbershop in the 3300 block of Stanton Road SE, while wearing masks and brandishing loaded firearms. At gunpoint, Thomas ordered everyone to the ground and demanded that they hand over their money. Numerous victims were robbed at gunpoint of cash and their possessions, including four barbers and four customers. A four-year-old child also was in the shop at the time of the robbery.
After the robbery, Thomas was observed leaving the area in a black Infinity SUV. Thomas was subsequently apprehended by the Metropolitan Police Department three blocks from the barber shop and a firearm was recovered in his flight path. The black Infinity SUV used by Thomas was located and identified as having been stolen in a separate armed robbery eight days earlier.
At the time of his arrest, Thomas was on probation following a 2015 conviction in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for attempted robbery.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips, Assistant Director in Charge Abbate, and Chief Lanier commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Violent Crime Task Force of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Candace Battle, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Macchiaroli, of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Trafficking Section, who prosecuted the matter.