Two men impersonated police and robbed a motorist in Southeast early Monday morning, according to Metropolitan Police.
About 3 a.m., 21-year-old Ivan Cloyd was driving in the 4800 block of Texas Avenue SE when a 2004 or 2005 blue Chevrolet Impala with dark tinted windows and white flashing lights on the dashboard pulled him over.
Two men wearing tactical vests with POLICE written across the front got out of the Impala and approached the Cloyd's car.
The men ordered him to get out of the vehicle and place his hands on the roof of the car.
But once he got out, something quickly tipped him off that he was in danger.
"They had revolvers and I know that D.C. police officers do not carry any kind of revolver weapon," Cloyd said.
He complied with everything they demanded, including handing over $400.
"He went in my pockets and felt my cash on me and then said, 'you must be in some kind of drug business.' I said no, I work for mine," Cloyd said.
They both then got back in the Impala and fled.
For Cloyd, losing $400 was hard but he is just glad the men left him unharmed.
"I just thank god that I am still here today," he said.
The men are both described as African-American, with medium complexion, 160-180 pounds, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot, and in their late 20s or early 30s.
One man was wearing a grey sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans. The other was wearing a black jacket and navy blue BDU cargo pants. Both were armed with revolvers.
The ease with which one can obtain police gear online troubles Cloyd and residents of the neighborhood.
"It really made me cautious now," said D.C. resident Lynette Washington. "When an unmarked vehicle stops me, I am going to be cautious."