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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 22, 2016

District Man Pleads Guilty to Charges In Recent Shoot-Out in Northeast Washington

Incident Took Place in Broad Daylight

            WASHINGTON – Leroy Robinson, 32, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to charges stemming from a recent shoot-out that took place in broad daylight in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

            Robinson pled guilty on July 20, 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is to be sentenced on Sept. 23, 2016 by the Honorable Neil E. Kravitz.  Robinson faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison on the assault with a dangerous weapon charge and 15 years on the unlawful possession of a firearm charge.  Because he has a prior conviction for a crime of violence, he faces a statutory minimum of three years in prison. Under the District of Columbia Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines, he faces a likely range of 36 to 72 months in prison.

            In entering his guilty plea, Robinson admitted to being an initial aggressor in a shoot-out that occurred in broad daylight on the morning of June 1, 2016. According to the evidence, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Robinson and an unknown suspect exchanged gunfire with a group of individuals in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road NE. Surveillance video shows Robinson and the unknown suspect firing gunshots in the direction of two parked cars.  The video further shows the muzzle flash of Robinson’s firearm moments after an innocent civilian entered into one of these cars.  As a result of the gunshots, the side and rear windows of the civilian’s car were destroyed.  Numerous gunshots also struck the front driver’s side and rear of the civilian’s vehicle, which was riddled with bullets.  Amazingly, none of these bullets struck the civilian.

            Robinson was struck by a bullet and crawled away from the scene.  When law enforcement arrived, they saw him in a grassy area across from the area of the shooting, suffering from a gunshot wound.  Law enforcement also found an empty gun holster on his waistband.   

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tamika Griffin and Richard Barker, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
16-138
Updated July 22, 2016