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Friday, October 14, 2011
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District Man Sentenced to 3 ½ Years in Prison
For Daytime Robbery and Assault in Northwest Washington
- Defendant Admitted Choking One Victim and Stealing $60 From Another -
WASHINGTON - Darryl Olden, 46, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 3 ½ years of incarceration on robbery and assault charges stemming from an attack last summer against two victims in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Olden pled guilty to the charges in July 2011 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Ann O’Regan Keary. Upon completion of his prison term, Olden will be placed on three years of supervised release. The judge also ordered that Olden attend a substance abuse program during his incarceration.
According to the government’s evidence, on June 29, 2011, at approximately 11:50 a.m., two men were walking out of a liquor store in the 1500 block of North Capitol Street NW when Olden approached them and stated, “Give me some money.”
Olden then grabbed one of the men, started hugging him, and asked for money. The second man intervened and told Olden to release his friend. Olden then grabbed the second man around his neck and started choking him. Olden released the second man after he fell to the ground, and he snatched $60 from the first man before fleeing on foot.
One of the victims chased Olden before flagging down a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer, who was in the area on patrol. A witness told police that he also saw Olden hugging the first victim and then choking the second man. Most of the incident was captured on video surveillance tape from a nearby store. Police stopped Olden, who matched the victim’s description, a few blocks away. He admitted to taking the victim’s money and he had $60 in cash, which the police confiscated as evidence.
Olden recently was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a felony drug offense he committed prior to this case. Judge Keary ordered that the sentence she imposed today run consecutively to that prison time, meaning he faces a total of five years of incarceration.
In announcing today’s sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended MPD Detective Doug Reynolds, of the Fifth District Criminal Investigation Division, who led the investigation, as well as MPD Officer Shuntae L. Brown. He also expressed his appreciation to Paralegal Kalisha Johnson-Clark, who prepared the case for indictment, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Eaton, who conducted the pre-indictment investigation and is prosecuting the case.