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District Man Sentenced to 44-Month Prison Term
For Robbing Northwest Washington Store
- Defendant Was Caught by Police While Still Inside the Establishment -

     WASHINGTON - Nathan Ridgley, 21, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a prison term of 44 months on charges stemming from a robbery that took place in December 2011 at a store in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Ridgley was sentenced earlier this month, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, by the Honorable Florence Pan. He pled guilty in January 2012 to charges of robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon. Upon completion of his prison term, Ridgley will be placed on three years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, on December 28, 2011, at about 6:20 p.m., officers from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to an Exxon/7-11 store in the 7400 block of Georgia Avenue NW to investigate a report of a robbery in progress.

     The victim, an employee of the store, told officers that he was standing behind the counter when Ridgley entered the establishment. Ridgley walked behind the counter and told the victim not to talk, while brandishing a large rock in his hand. Then, while holding the rock in a threatening manner, Ridgley opened both cash registers and removed all of the money inside.

     While Ridgley was taking the money, the victim jumped over the counter and fled. Once outside, the victim told his fellow store employee and several truck drivers, who were on the scene making deliveries to the store, that Ridgley had just robbed him. The witnesses observed Ridgley still inside the store behind the counter, and they barricaded the defendant inside the store. Ridgley made several unsuccessful attempts to ram his way out of the door, and when the police came, he was still inside the store, eating honey buns and smoking cigarettes.

     In announcing the sentence U.S. Attorney Machen commended MPD Detective Curtis Prince, the lead detective of this investigation. U.S. Attorney Machen additionally praised the work of Legal Assistant Debra McPherson. Finally, he expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Vivien Cockburn, from the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted the case.





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