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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

District Man Found Guilty of Aggravated Assault for Stabbing Man in Northwest Washington

Victim's Friends Detained Defendant Until Police Arrived

            WASHINGTON – Jose Quintanilla, 24, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a jury today of aggravated assault while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon stemming from a stabbing on Nov. 9, 2013, in Northwest Washington, Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. announced. The verdict was returned following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Yvonne Williams scheduled sentencing for August 26, 2015. Quintanilla faces up to thirty years’ incarceration.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Nov. 9, 2013, the victim was walking back from dinner with his friends and observed his vehicle broken into.  As the victim was assessing the damage, Quintanilla, wearing a mask which covered his face, came walking down the street with another man.  Quintanilla continued approaching and got closer and closer to the victim, who was backed-up against his car.  A physical altercation ensued, whereby Quintanilla stabbed the victim multiple times with a knife. The victim underwent surgery and suffered a collapsed lung.  Quintanilla was forcibly detained by the victim’s friends until the police arrived.

            In announcing the verdict, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District.  He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Christopher Macchiaroli who investigated and indicted the case, Litigation Technology Specialists William Henderson, Paul Howell, and Anisha Bhatia; Paralegal Specialists Todd McClelland, Karen Hansen, Allison Daniels and Caroline Fitzhugh, and Interns Benjamin Field and Aly Mance. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Misler and Daniel Lenerz, of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, who prosecuted the matter.

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Updated June 29, 2015