FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 7, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 32-Month Prison Term
For Attacking a Man on Northwest Washington Street
- Defendant Tried to Rob the Victim at Knifepoint -
WASHINGTON - Samuel Zepeda, 18, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 32 months in prison on a felony charge stemming from an attack last spring against a man who was standing at a bus stop in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Zepeda pled guilty in May 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of assault with intent to commit robbery. He was sentenced by the Honorable Michael Ryan. Upon completion of his prison term, Zepeda will be placed on two years of supervised release.
According to the government’s evidence, on April 21, 2012, at about 10:30 p.m., Zepeda and two other men approached the victim, who was standing at a bus stop at 16th and Quincy Streets NW. Zepeda pulled out a kitchen knife and pointed it at the victim while demanding money. The victim asked how much money he wanted, and Zepeda replied he wanted it all.
In an effort to escape, the victim ran across the street into traffic, and Zepeda chased him. The victim called 911. When police arrived, the victim identified Zepeda, who was walking down the street, as the person who had pulled out a knife and tried to rob him of money.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of those who investigated and responded to the case from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fourth District. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Legal Assistant Debra Smith-McPherson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Vivien Cockburn, who prosecuted the case.