FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 27, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to Six-Year Prison Term
In Robbery Earlier This Year in Northwest Washington
- Passerby Saw Defendant Running With Victim’s Purse and Tackled Him -
WASHINGTON - Raymond King, 23, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a six-year prison term on a charge stemming from the violent robbery of a woman earlier this year in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
King was convicted of the charge in April 2012, following a two-day trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Florence Pan. Upon completion of his prison term, King will be placed on five years of supervised release.
The evidence at trial showed that King, along with an accomplice who was never apprehended, approached a woman at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2012, in the 400 block of R Street NW. The accomplice punched the victim in the mouth, causing lacerations requiring eight stitches to her lip and knocking her to the ground. King then proceeded to grab her purse and ran.
The victim chased the robbers through several back alleys. A passerby, who was walking his dog at the time, observed King carrying a purse and running, along with his accomplice, away from the scene with the victim following behind. The passerby tackled King, who was still holding the purse. He and another neighbor held King down until the police arrived. The victim’s purse was recovered near the location where King was tackled.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Kalisha Clark and Litigation Support Unit member Anisha Bhatia. Finally, he expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Finkelman and Michelle Bradford of the Fifth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and tried the case.