FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2012
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District Man Convicted of Aggravated Assault While Armed
For Leading a Violent Armed Assault on an Unarmed Man
- Victim Was Punched, Kicked and Struck With Bricks -
WASHINGTON - Gebeyaw Fasil, also known as Fasil Tesfa, 24, of Washington D.C., has been convicted of aggravated assault while armed and other charges for leading a group of men in the armed assault of an unarmed man, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Fasil was found guilty by a jury on February 29, 2012, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He is to be sentenced on May 4, 2012, by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge of aggravated assault while armed and additional time in prison for his convictions on misdemeanor assault charges in the attack.
The government presented evidence at trial that, on June 19, 2011, Fasil started an argument inside and outside the Dukem nightclub, at 12th and U Streets NW. During the argument outside the club, the defendant began punching one of the victims.
After that assault was broken up, the victim and his friends walked toward their car that was parked a few blocks away. As the victim’s group headed away from the club, Fasil and a group of five to seven other men followed. When the victim’s group reached the 2000 block of Vermont Avenue NW, at about 3:40 a.m., Fasil and his cohorts attacked him. The victim was thrown to the ground and then repeatedly punched, kicked and struck with bricks in the head. Fasil and his group left the scene. The victim was unconscious and bleeding, and his friends believed he was dead. The victim suffered fractures to his skull, jaw, and face.
In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen expressed his appreciation to the Metropolitan Police Department, and particularly praised the work of Detectives Carol McConnell and Adrian Owens, Lt. Deborah Pearce, Sgts. Ronald Proctor and Demetrica Carter, Officers Prince Malcolm, Brian Morgan, Aulio Angulo, Shaun Heffelman, Benjamin Day, and Crime Scene Officer James Burgess.
U.S. Attorney Machen also commended the work of U.S. Attorney’s Office Investigator Tommy Miller, Paralegals Wanda Trice and Tamaya Reid, and the entire staff of the Litigation Services Unit. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney April Fearnley, who investigated and prosecuted the case.