FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 12, 2012
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District Man Pleads Guilty to Assault With Intent to Kill
While Armed in January 2012 Attack Against Pizza Delivery Driver
- Defendant Pistol-Whipped, Robbed and Then Shot the Driver in the Head -
WASHINGTON - Walter Douglas, 23, of Washington D.C., has pled guilty to a charge stemming from the shooting of a pizza delivery driver earlier this year in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Douglas pled guilty on March 9, 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of assault with intent to kill while armed. He is to be sentenced on May 9, 2012 by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz.
According to the government’s evidence, during the early morning hours of January 14, 2012, Douglas and two others were driving in the area of the 200 block of Adams Street NE. Upon seeing a delivery car from a pizza company, Douglas pulled over, armed himself, got out of his car, and confronted the driver. He pistol-whipped the 24-year-old driver several times as he demanded money. Then he forced the driver face down into the open passenger door of the delivery car and robbed him of his wallet. Even though the robbery was complete, the attack did not end. Douglas then shot the driver in the back of the head at close range.
Douglas took two delivery bags containing food items, got back into his car, and drove away from the scene, leaving the victim in the street and bleeding heavily from his head.
A witness called 911 and reported hearing a shot, and seeing Douglas driving from the scene in a white car. Medical personnel arrived and took the victim to Washington Hospital Center, where he was admitted for his injuries.
Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) units working in the area, meanwhile, saw a car matching the description given by the witness and followed it into the Third Street tunnel on Interstate 395. While in the tunnel, the MPD units activated their emergency lights and tried to stop the car. Douglas sped away and a brief chase ensued. The chase ended when Douglas crashed into a concrete barrier near the intersection of Fourth and P Streets SW. When officers searched the defendant’s car, they found a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol and bags containing food from the pizza company. Douglas also was in possession of the delivery driver’s wallet.
As a result of the shooting, the victim lost his left eye and required extensive reconstructive surgery to repair damage to his head and face.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended MPD Detectives Jamel Stallings and Anthony Commodore, and units of the Fifth District, for their investigation of this incident. U.S. Attorney Machen also acknowledged the efforts of Paralegal Kalisha Johnson-Clark, and Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Smith, who investigated the case.