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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

District Man Pleads Guilty to July 4, 2018 Robbery of Northwest Washington Sandwich Shop

He and Accomplice Rushed Store Manager in Broad Daylight Hold-Up

             WASHINGTON – Deantre Cole, 25, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to charges of robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from the July 4, 2018 robbery of a sandwich restaurant in Northwest Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu.

            Cole pled guilty to the charges in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He is to be sentenced on Oct. 26, 2018, by the Honorable Kimberly S. Knowles.

            According to the government’s evidence, on the Fourth of July, at approximately 12:45 pm., Cole came into the Jimmy John’s restaurant in the 4400 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW, looked around, and spoke to a manager. He told the manager that he used to work at the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of the restaurant and left the store without incident. Twenty minutes later, he and an unknown accomplice came back into the store masked.

            As soon as they entered into the store, Cole who was wearing brass knuckles, rushed the store manager and punched him in the face. Cole’s accomplice who was wielding a gun, pointed the gun at the store manager and forced him to the floor. Two other employees ran into the freezer to hide. Cole went after them and dragged one of the employees back into the front of the store. He forced the employee to open the register and remove the till. Cole grabbed all the cash in the till, and he and his accomplice then hurriedly exited the store.

            A law enforcement investigation led to Cole’s apprehension on July 18, 2018. He has been in custody since his arrest.

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Nurudeen Elias, who investigated and prosecuted the case, with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Veronica Sanchez.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
18-218
Updated August 15, 2018