District Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary Charge For Theft at Georgetown University Student's Apartment
Defendant Entered Apartment While Student Sleeping Inside
WASHINGTON - Antoine Gibson, 36, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to burglarizing an apartment on the Georgetown University campus while a student was asleep inside, Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. announced.
Gibson pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to first-degree burglary as well as a violation of the Bail Reform Act. He is to be sentenced on Sept. 23, 2015 by the Honorable Patricia A. Broderick. Gibson faces a minimum of five years in prison.
According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 6, 2015, at about 8 p.m., Gibson entered the Henle Village apartment complex on the Georgetown University campus. He went to the fourth floor and entered the victims’ apartment, which was occupied at the time by a sleeping student. Gibson stole a laptop from the living room before heading to the upstairs bedrooms.
The sleeping student awoke to find Gibson, a stranger, standing in the hallway and confronted him. Gibson denied doing anything illegal and left. The student called the campus police, who found Gibson a short time later within blocks of the main campus gate with the laptop in his backpack. Gibson later failed to appear for the first status hearing in the case in Superior Court. He was later arrested on a bench warrant executed by the U.S. Marshals Service.
In announcing the guilty plea, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen commended the work of the officers of the Georgetown University Department of Public Safety, as well as the crime scene officers and detectives and officers of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District. He also expressed appreciation to those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including David Foster, La June Thames, and Katina Adams-Washington of the Victim/Witness Assistance Unit; Paralegal Specialist Tiffany Fogle, and Litigation Technology Assistant Aneela Bhatia. Finally, he praised the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Earnest, who investigated and prosecuted the case.