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Friday, April 19, 2019

District Man Found Guilty of Charges in Attacks on Two Senior Citizens

Robbed Woman, Then Shot Man Who Tried to Help Her

            WASHINGTON – Travon Eliy, also known as Travon Jackson, 41, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty by a jury of assault with intent to kill a senior citizen in a gun-free zone and other charges stemming from a robbery and shooting that took place behind an elementary school in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). 

            Eliy was found guilty on April 18, 2019, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The jury also found him guilty of a total of 18 charges, including armed robbery of a senior citizen in a gun-free zone, and related assault and firearms offenses. The Honorable Milton C. Lee scheduled sentencing for June 14, 2019.

            According to the government’s evidence, on the afternoon of April 1, 2016, the victim, a 67-year-old woman, was walking home when she was followed by Eliy into an apartment building in the 600 block of Savannah Street SE.  Once inside, Eliy put a gun to her head and began pulling at her purse. Eliy dragged her out the building and down a walkway before getting away with her purse. The woman screamed for help and a Good Samaritan, a 61-year-old man,  intervened.  The man was able to stop Eliy pushing up against a parked car. It was then that Eliy fired his gun one time at close range into the man’s chest before fleeing the scene. The shooting took place behind Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School.

            The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrived within minutes and the defendant was stopped within 10 minutes of the shooting. 

            In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department.  They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Lenerz; Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic Evidence Litigation; Paralegal Specialists Kathryn Hoey, Sabrina Turner, Lynda Randolph, and Lashone Samuels; Forensic Operations Program Specialist Elizabeth Marrero; Victim/Witness Services Coordinator La June Thames, and Finance Specialists Karen Lee-putt, Marquetta Little and Sallie Rynas.

            Finally they commend the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Santiago, who investigated and prosecuted the case. 


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Updated April 23, 2019