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District Man Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison
For Series of Burglaries in Northwest Washington
-Defendant Broke Into Two Residences While Victims Were Sleeping-

      WASHINGTON – Alexander Lopez, 22, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for a series of burglaries in Northwest Washington, including two in which victims were at home, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

      Lopez pled guilty in November 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges in multiple cases, including first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and theft. He was sentenced on Dec. 14, 2012 by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz and Stuart G. Nash.

      According to the government’s evidence, on Nov. 6, 2011, a victim returned home to a residence in the 1100 block of Harvard Street NW and discovered that a flat-screen television was missing.  The intruder had removed a window screen to get inside. A palm print left on the window later tied Lopez to this crime.

     In a second case, on April 27, 2012, at about 6:40 a.m., Lopez broke into an apartment in the 1000 block of Irving Street NW by climbing through a window. While the victims slept in their bedroom, Lopez stole a 37-inch flat-screen television, $200 in cash, and an iPod.  Lopez was later linked to this crime through the discovery of a fingerprint lifted from the inside of the window, which matched that of the defendant. 

     Finally, on May 7, 2012, at about 1:45 a.m., Lopez jumped a fence and then broke through a rear window to get into a residence in the 3600 block of 13th Street NW.  He took two computers and a camera while the victim was sleeping. He was stopped by police a short distance from the residence and caught with the property.

      Judge Leibovitz sentenced Lopez to three years in prison on the first-degree burglary charge, which stemmed from the incident on Irving Street NW. Judge Nash sentenced Lopez to two years and nine months of incarceration for the other crimes in the pleas.

     In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation to the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Allison Gregory Daniels and Debra Smith.  Finally, he commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Sroka and Vivien Cockburn, who investigated and prosecuted the cases.





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