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District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 18, 2016

District Man Found Guilty of Beating a Man and Joining In Slashing a Good Samaritan Who Attempted to Stop the Attack

Attacks Took Place Near U Street Metro Station

            WASHINGTON – Frank G. Smith, 34, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty by a jury of aggravated assault and simple assault for his role in the attack of two men that took place in December 2013 near the entrance to the U Street Metro station in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

            Smith was found guilty on Feb. 17, 2016, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Florence Pan scheduled sentencing for April 22, 2016.

            According to the government’s evidence, in the early morning hours of Dec. 21, 2013, Smith and others attacked a man who had been involved in a traffic dispute with one of Smith’s friends.  That man was taken down to the ground near the U Street Metro entrance, at 10th and U Streets NW, and Smith and his friends began kicking him as he lay on the ground defenseless.

            A second man, the Good Samaritan, saw the beating taking place. He yelled at Smith and Smith’s friends to stop kicking the man on the ground, who appeared unconscious.  When they refused to stop, the Good Samaritan intervened by pushing Smith and the others away from the man on the ground.  One of Smith’s friends then began fighting with the Good Samaritan.  As the Good Samaritan separated from his first attacker, he noticed that he was cut and bleeding across the right side of his chest.  Smith then continued attacking him, at which point the Good Samaritan felt and saw that his left hand had been cut to the bone between his index finger and thumb.  As the police arrived on the scene, Smith stopped his attack and attempted to walk away, but he was stopped by the police and identified at the scene by the victim who was cut.

            No knife or sharp object was recovered from Smith, but he had blood on his face and clothes.  Subsequent DNA analysis revealed that the Good Samaritan’s DNA was found on Smith’s clothes.

            In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by Bode Technologies. He acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Clark; Paralegal Specialists Lynda Randolph, Donville Drummond, and Allison Daniels; Criminal Investigator Melissa Matthews;  Litigation Technology Supervisor Joshua Ellen; and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia A. Riley and Chrisellen Kolb. Finally, he praised the work of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Connolly, who secured the indictment, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Crane and Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez, who tried the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
16-023
Updated February 19, 2016