FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Two Plead Guilty to Felony Charges
In Robbery of Seven Men in Northwest Washington
-Early-Morning Attack Took Place in Courtyard-
WASHINGTON – Torrell Page, 22, and Isaiah Harris, 17, both of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to charges stemming from a robbery in which they targeted seven men in a courtyard in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Page pled guilty to robbery and Harris pled guilty to attempted robbery in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Florence Pan scheduled sentencing for March 8, 2013. Page faces up to 15 years in prison and Harris faces up to three years of incarceration.
According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 13, 2012, at about 12:35 a.m., Page and Harris staged their attack in a courtyard in the 900 block of Gallatin Street NW. They approached their first victim in the rear of the courtyard, grabbing him and throwing him to the ground. Page pointed what appeared to be a semi-automatic firearm at the victim’s chest. He then pointed it at six other men, who were standing in the courtyard. Page yelled, “Hands up or I’ll kill y’all.” Harris then went into each of the victims’ pockets and took their personal property, including wallets, debit cards, cellphones and other items.
Page and Harris fled the courtyard and the victims chased them through the neighborhood. Both defendants were stopped by the police and identified by each of the seven victims as the men who had robbed them of their property. The weapon, which had been spray painted and taped over to look like a semiautomatic firearm, turned out to be a paintball gun.
In announcing the guilty pleas, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the officers and others who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also praised those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Debra McPherson and Todd McClelland, and Intelligence Specialist Sharon Johnson. Finally, he thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Selden, of the Fourth District Unit of the Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.