D.C. Man Who Shot at Police Exiled to 14 Years in Prison On Gun and Carjacking Charges

April 9, 2012

Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Rickey Curvey, age 36, of Washington D.C., today to 14 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for an armed carjacking, during which Curvey fired his gun at police.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

According to Curvey’s plea agreement, early on September 24, 2010, Curvey and a co-conspirator drove a stolen white Honda Accord to a gas station on Silver Hill Road in Prince George’s County and approached two individuals in a red Toyota Avalon. Curvey, brandishing a gun, stole property from the two victims, including their cell phones. Curvey held the gun to the body of one of the victims and pointed the gun at the other victim, threatening to shoot them. Curvey, still brandishing the gun, then took the red Toyota Avalon from the victims and drove away from the gas station, followed by the white Honda being driven by Curvey’s co-conspirator. The incident was captured on the gas station’s video surveillance system. One of the victims reported the carjacking to police. Soon after the carjacking, Curvey parked the Toyota and got back into the white Honda. A Prince George’s County Police officer, driving a marked police vehicle, attempted to stop the white Honda within minutes of the carjacking, but the Honda sped away towards Washington, D.C. The chase ended when the Honda crashed into Randall’s Circle, coming to a stop in the traffic circle.

As the officers got out of their vehicle, Curvey and his co-conspirator attempted to run away. As Curvey ran away, he pointed his gun in the direction of the Prince George’s County Police officers and fired the gun. When Curvey was arrested a few minutes later by Metropolitan Police officers, a 9 mm semi-automatic firearm was recovered from a yard near where he was stopped. A spent bullet casing was jammed in the gun’s ejection port, causing the gun to jam. Metropolitan Police officers transported Curvey and after transport recovered from the floor of the police car the personal property of an individual who had been robbed at gunpoint on September 23, 2010. Law enforcement also recovered Curvey’s DNA from the red Toyota Avalon.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Prince George’s County Police Department and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for their work in this investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Lenzner and Robert K. Hur, who prosecuted the case.

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