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District Woman Convicted of Burglary, Assault and Other Charges
In 2011 Home Invasion in Southeast Washington
- Defendant Surprised Victim in Bed, Then Bludgeoned Him -

    WASHINGTON - Christie C. Jones, 27, of Washington, D.C., has been convicted by a jury of first-degree burglary while armed and other charges in a violent home invasion that took place last summer in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

      The verdicts, returned July 3, 2012, followed a three-day trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The jury convicted Jones of first-degree burglary while armed, second-degree burglary, assault with intent to commit robbery while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon, and assaulting, resisting, or interfering with a police officer. The Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow scheduled sentencing for Sept. 12, 2012.

      According to the government’s evidence, at about 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2011, Jones broke into a basement apartment in a rowhouse on Fort Davis Street SE. She surprised the victim, who woke up to find her standing over his bed. Jones demanded money. When the victim did not comply, Jones took a black tube sock that contained a crystal replica baseball and repeatedly bludgeoned him over the head. The victim suffered from severe lacerations and was hospitalized for several days.

      After Jones assaulted the victim, she went to the second floor of the rowhouse and burglarized another room. During the course of that burglary, a next-door neighbor heard a commotion and saw that the front door of the rowhouse was open. The neighbor looked inside and saw Jones walking down from the second floor. Jones approached the neighbor and brandished what appeared to be a small metal object, ordering the neighbor to get back.

      Less than 30 minutes later, while police were on the scene, Jones returned to the area, where the neighbor identified her almost immediately. When officers tried to arrest Jones, she immediately resisted by kicking and spitting at the two officers who tried to restrain her.

      In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the efforts of the detectives, officers, and crime scene technicians who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialist Thomas Royal, Victim Witness Advocate James Brennan, and Paralegal Specialists Ethel Gregory and Theresa Nelson. Finally, he thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Holly R. Shick and Richard DiZinno, who investigated and prosecuted the case.





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