FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 6, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing a Senior Citizen
In Daytime Attack in Northwest Washington
-With Citizens’ Help, Defendant Was Identified and Arrested Soon After the Robbery-
WASHINGTON – Jerome Clark, 45, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to a charge stemming from the recent robbery of a senior citizen in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Clark pled guilty to a charge of robbery on Dec. 5, 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Robert I. Richter scheduled sentencing for Feb. 8, 2013. Because the victim is a senior citizen, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 22 ½ years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, Clark has agreed to pay the victim $1,000 in restitution.
According to the government’s evidence, on Nov. 2, 2012 at about 4:30 p.m., the victim, a 70-year-old man, was exchanging information with a young man after the two had been involved in a traffic accident in the 5100 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW. Clark walked up to the two men and told them that he had seen what happened. Then, as the victim was attempting to get his insurance information for the young man, Clark snatched his wallet, which contained, in part, approximately $1,000 in cash, and ran.
The victim, the young man, and other witnesses, including a mail carrier who was in the area, chased the defendant. The victim fell during the chase, injuring his leg, but the young man and mail carrier continued their pursuit. As Clark kept running, he tossed the wallet. He ran inside his residence, which was nearby, and was arrested soon afterward.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed appreciation to the officers who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the work of those who handled the case at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina Burnett, who is prosecuting the matter.12-431