FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Two District Men Plead Guilty to Robbery Charges
In Hold-Up at Northwest Washington Apartment Building
-Defendants Targeted Victims in the Lobby-
WASHINGTON – Michael Richardson, 22, and Kendall Lowe, 21, both of Washington, D.C., have pled guilty to charges stemming from a robbery last fall at an apartment building in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
The defendants pled guilty on March 8, 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Richardson pled guilty to robbery and carrying a pistol without a license. Lowe pled guilty to robbery. The Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow scheduled sentencing for May 17, 2013.
According to the government’s evidence, Richardson and Lowe targeted the victims, two men, at about 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2012 after seeing them in the lobby of an apartment building in the 200 block of Hamilton Street NW. Richardson and Lowe went into the lobby. Then, with Lowe acting as a look-out, Richardson pointed a gun at one of the victims and demanded money, getting $47. Richardson then turned and pointed the gun at the second victim and demanded money. When that man said he had no money, Richardson and Lowe fled the building.
A witness spotted the defendants the following day and called police.
In announcing the pleas, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina, who investigated and prosecuted the case.13-093