FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
For Assault With Intent to Rob a Senior Citizen
- Defendant Punched 78-Year-Old Victim at a Convenience Store -
WASHINGTON - Tyrone Brown, 37, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a five-year prison term for assaulting a senior citizen last summer at a convenience store in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Brown pled guilty in February 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to assault with intent to rob a senior citizen. He was sentenced by the Honorable Florence Pan. Upon completion of his prison term, Brown will be placed on three years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, on August 19, 2011, at about 10:15 a.m., Brown approached the 78-year-old victim, who was shopping in a small convenience store in the 2200 block of Sherman Ave NW. Brown demanded money, and when the victim refused to comply, he punched the man in the forehead, knocking him to the ground. Brown then jumped on top of the victim and tried to grab the man’s wallet from his rear pocket.
The store owner managed to pull Brown out of the store. Brown was found shortly afterward, a few blocks away, and was subsequently identified by the victim. The victim could only speak with the assistance of an electronic larynx due to a previous tracheotomy.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department, especially Detective Osbaldo Luna and Officers Michael Minor and Yvette Gupton, who investigated the case. He also commended the efforts of Paralegal Specialist Tamaya Reid. Finally, he expressed his appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Trevor N. McFadden, of the Third District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.