Jacobs Indicted for Abduction, Burglary

Jacobs Indicted for Abduction, Burglary

Martial arts instructor scheduled to plead guilty to three charges in February.


Martial arts instructor Andrew M. Jacobs is scheduled to be indicted Tuesday, Jan. 17 by a Fairfax Circuit Court grand jury for burglary, abduction and attempted abduction. Jacobs, 42 of Vienna, is expected to plead guilty to three charges against him in Fairfax County Circuit Court in February.

Vienna police responded to a complaint of burglary, assault and attempted abduction at a Vienna residence on Oct. 2, 2005 shortly after midnight, according to an October search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

When officers arrived, a Vienna couple reported that they were awakened by a scream from their daughters' bedroom. According to police, Jacobs entered the girls' bedroom, but the two girls — students of his at a Vienna martial arts studio — screamed and fought back, kicking and scratching. The two 10-year-olds responded to the attack in the manner Jacobs taught them, according to Vienna Police Capt. Mike Miller last October.

The noise alerted the parents, who intervened. The father of the girls "was able to strike the man on the head and upper torso with the base of a lamp," according to court documents. He also pulled back Jacobs' ski mask before Jacobs fled the residence. The parents of the 10-year-old twins told police they thought their daughters' martial arts instructor was their attacker.

Jacobs confessed only to the burglary, according to comments from Capt. Miller.

"Andrew Jacobs said that he intended to burglarize the house and steal 'loose money, jewelry and VCRs,'" according to the October search warrant. "Andrew Jacobs also told [detectives] that he used a knife to cut a towel into strips and he intended to use the strips to 'keep everybody quiet' while he was inside the house."

<b>EIGHT DAYS AFTER</b> Jacobs’ defense attorney Lavonda Graham announced his intention to plead guilty to burglary in General District Court, Jacobs waived his right to a preliminary hearing in juvenile court on one attempted abduction and one abduction charges.

Jacobs originally faced seven charges — burglary, two counts of assault and battery, two counts of attempted abduction and two counts of abduction with intent to defile.

He is expected to plead guilty to burglary, abduction and attempted abduction with the understanding that prosecutors will set aside the additional charges against him.

Jacobs faces up to life in prison.

Jacobs is currently jailed at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center.

<1b>— Ken Moore