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District Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison
For Series of Robberies Committed During 30-Hour Period
- Victims Included a 76-Year-Old Taxicab Driver -

     WASHINGTON - Jared Farmer, 23, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for his involvement in an armed carjacking and four armed robberies that took place over a 30-hour period last year, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Farmer pled guilty in June 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to charges of armed robbery, robbery, and attempted robbery. The Honorable Gerald I. Fisher sentenced him to seven years in prison for the armed robbery count, three years for each of the two robbery counts, and one year for the attempted robbery count, with all sentences to run consecutively. He will also serve five years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

     A co-defendant, Jarrell Bell, 23, also of Washington, D.C., was sentenced last month to 8 ½ years of incarceration for his involvement with Farmer in one of the crimes – the armed robbery of an elderly taxicab driver. Bell pled guilty in June 2012 to charges of armed robbery, conspiracy, and offenses committed during release.

     According to the government’s evidence, on April 24, 2011, at about 12:45 a.m., a 76-year-old taxicab driver parked his taxi in the 800 block of Bellevue Circle SE and got out of it. Shortly after he did so, Farmer, Bell, and a third accomplice, known as “Six,” all wearing ski masks over their faces, rushed toward him. “Six” pointed a gun at the driver and pistol-whipped him, Farmer pointed a BB gun resembling a handgun at him, and Bell struck him with a metal asp. Bell and “Six” went through the driver’s pockets, taking, among other things, his cell phone, his wallet, his car keys, and cash. All three men then jumped in the taxi and drove away.

     In addition to pleading guilty to this crime, Farmer pled guilty to four additional robberies, committed during the next 30 hours, all of which Farmer swore under oath that he committed with Bell.

     The first of those robberies was an attack that took place about five hours later in the 4200 block of 6th Street SE, in which a woman waiting for a bus was forced to turn over her purse, her cell phone, her coat, and cash.

     Early the next morning, April 25, 2011, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Farmer took part in the robbery of another woman in the 1500 block of Alabama Avenue SE. This victim was struck with an asp during the attack, and robbed of her purse. Approximately two hours later, near the intersection of 1st Street and Mississippi Avenue SE, Farmer joined in the attack against another woman who was waiting for a bus, striking the victim with an asp and taking her purse. Immediately after this robbery, Farmer took part in the robbery of a second woman near the scene, taking her purse as well.

     Farmer and Bell subsequently were arrested. The third man is still being sought.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised those who worked on the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Prince George’s County Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialist Ronald Royal, Paralegal Specialist Theresa Nelson, and Victim Advocate Jim Brennan. Finally, he commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Dillon of the Superior Court Homicide Section and Kathryn L. Rakoczy of the Seventh District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.





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