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Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 8, 2013

District Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery Charge In Attack Of Senior Citizen-Defendant Accosted The Victim In Broad Daylight In Northwest Washington-

     WASHINGTON – Reggie Gordon, 29, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to a charge of robbery for an attack against a senior citizen that took place earlier this year in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Gordon pled guilty on March 7, 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow scheduled sentencing for May 30, 2013. Under the court’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, Gordon faces a likely range of 30 to 42 months in prison.

     According to the government’s evidence, Gordon accosted a 69-year-old man at about 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2013, in area of 14th and Newton Streets NW. Gordon approached the victim from behind, with a knife in his hand, and demanded, “Give me the bag, give me the cash.” The victim handed over a bag, which contained cigarettes, and took money out of his pocket and handed it to Gordon. After Gordon fled, the victim flagged police, who immediately began searching the area. Gordon was stopped soon afterward by police and arrested.

     In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), whose quick work led to the defendant’s arrest. He also praised those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Debra McPherson and Todd McClelland, and Intelligence Specialist Sharon Johnson. Finally, he thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Selden, of the Fourth District Unit of the Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 19, 2015