FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 19, 2012
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District Man Convicted of Charges in Two Armed Robberies
At Northeast Washington Laundromat
– Defendant Victimized Same Employee Twice in Eight Days, in Broad Daylight –
WASHINGTON - Lawrence White, 41, of Washington, D.C., was convicted by a jury today of armed robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon for two separate robberies of a Northeast Washington laundromat last summer, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr., who presided over the trial, set sentencing for May 31, 2012. White, who is jailed pending his sentencing, faces up to 30 years of incarceration for each of two robbery charges and up to a year in prison for each of two weapons charges.
According to the government’s evidence, on August 14, 2011, at about 5:40 p.m., White entered a laundromat in the 1600 block of Benning Road NE. Once inside, he went into a private office and brandished a knife at an employee, making off with several hundred dollars in cash.
Just eight days later, on August 22, 2011, at about 1:20 p.m., White returned to the establishment and robbed the same employee, showing the same knife and taking hundreds of dollars in cash from a cash drawer. During the second robbery, a surveillance camera captured White running into the office and then exiting the scene.
The surveillance video led directly to White’s identification and arrest a few days later.
In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of Metropolitan Police Department Detectives Raymond Stargel and Tommy Smith, and Officers Alexis Sakulich, David Boarman, Maynor Gonzalez, James Payne, and Rachel Pitzen. He also extended his appreciation to those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegals Tameka Garcia and Donville Drummond, Information Technology Specialists Tracy Van Atta and Leif Hickling, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bednar, who investigated and tried the case.