FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 14, 2012
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District Man Convicted of Armed Carjacking and Other Charges
In Attack Against 84-Year-Old Woman
-Defendant Took Car at Gunpoint, Led Police on High-Speed Chase-
WASHINGTON – Arthur Vincent Daniels, 20, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty of armed carjacking of a senior citizen and other charges stemming from an attack he carried out earlier this year in Southwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Daniels was found guilty on Dec. 13, 2012 of a total of 14 charges, including assault on a police officer while armed, destruction of property, and other offenses. The jury verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Gerald I. Fisher scheduled sentencing for Feb. 21, 2013. The conviction for armed carjacking, which carries a sentencing enhancement based on the victim’s status as a senior citizen, carries up to 60 years in prison.
According to the government’s evidence, at about 8:20 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2012, Daniels approached the 84-year old victim, who was alone near her Mercedes Benz, in the 200 block of G Street SW. He pointed a loaded pistol at the victim, demanded the keys to her car, and then took off in the vehicle. Police chased the vehicle, but lost it heading into Prince George’s County, Md.
After the vehicle eluded police, Daniels participated in stealing a woman’s purse at a gas station in Landover, Md. He returned to the District, still in the stolen Mercedes Benz, and he was spotted shortly after 9 a.m. by police officers and pursued through residential streets of Southeast Washington. During the 45-minute pursuit, Daniels reached speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, ran through red lights, and repeatedly drove on the wrong side of the road. At two different points, he aimed the stolen vehicle directly at police vehicles and forced them off the road, totaling one police cruiser. One officer was injured in the pursuit. The chase ended when Daniels bailed out of the car and ran to his apartment, where police found him pretending to sleep in his mother’s bed.
In a subsequent search, police recovered the loaded semiautomatic pistol used in the carjacking, as well as the clothes that Daniels was wearing during the carjacking. Inside the stolen Mercedes Benz, police also found the purse that had been stolen in Landover, for which Daniels was convicted of receiving stolen property. Law enforcement personnel from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Prince George’s County Police, Capitol Police, and U.S. Park Police participated in the vehicle pursuit and apprehension.
Daniels’s older brother, Arthur Lee Daniels, 22, was acquitted by the jury on lesser charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and receiving stolen property.
In announcing the verdicts, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the excellent work of the officers, detectives and others who investigated the case for MPD and other law enforcement agencies. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case form the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Donville Drummond; Litigation Technology Specialist Kimberly Smith; Interns Jennifer Wieboldt and Bryan Stabbe; Lawrence Grasso and Nelson Rhone, of the Criminal Investigation Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tom Bednar and Clayton O’Connor, who tried the case.12-448