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District Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
For the Armed Abduction and Rape of a Woman in 2000
-DNA Linked Defendant To Crime-

     WASHINGTON - Dewayne Jones, 33, of Washington D.C., was sentenced today to 15 years of incarceration in connection with an armed assault and rape that took place in September 2000, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Jones pled guilty in November 2011 to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and attempted first degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Jones currently is serving a sentence until 2020 on an unrelated charge of aggravated assault while armed, involving a 2009 case. The Court ordered that the 15-year prison term imposed today run after that sentence is completed.

     According to the government’s evidence, at approximately 1:30 a.m. on September 25, 2000, two young women were walking in the 800 block of 49th Street NE when Jones, a stranger to them both, popped out from behind a tree and walked toward them on the sidewalk. The two young women allowed Jones to pass by and then they continued on their way.

     A few moments later, however, the women sensed someone behind them. When they turned around, Jones was holding a black gun to their face and demanded their money. After they replied that they did not have any money on them, Jones grabbed one of the victims by her coat and told her that she was going to come with him. Jones told the other victim to run the opposite way and warned her that if she said anything to anyone, he would kill her friend.

     Jones then forced the victim at gunpoint to walk a block and a half into a dark alley off the 4600 block of Kane Place NE. When the victim pleaded with him to let her go, Jones replied that she was going to be his girlfriend for the night. Jones forced her pants off, pushed her to the ground, and raped her at gunpoint. During the assault, Jones threatened to kill her if she made a noise. After the attack, Jones fled the location. The victim waited a few minutes before she felt it was safe to crawl out of the alley. She then ran across the street to use a pay phone to call the police, who had already been notified by her friend and were in the process of searching for her.

      When the police arrived on scene, the victim was having an asthma attack that required emergency attention. She was transported to a hospital, where she was treated for injuries, and a sexual assault examination was done.

     In 2006, the victim’s sexual assault kit was sent to a DNA lab for analysis, which confirmed that there was a major male DNA contributor in the sperm fraction on swabs taken from the victim. In January 2010, almost 10 years after the assault, members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received an investigative lead that led them to Jones as the man who had abducted and raped the victim in 2000.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the outstanding work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department, including Detective Karen Zibrat and Mobile Crime Technician Natasha Pettus. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Donhue Griffith, Legal Assistant Tanisha Nelson, the Intelligence Unit, and Victim Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan. Finally, he praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Shinskie and Lindsay Suttenberg, who investigated and prosecuted this case.





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