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District Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery Charges Following Series of Hold-Ups of Convenience Stores

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Crimes Took Place This Summer

            WASHINGTON – Melvin Smith, 45, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to three counts of robbery in connection with a recent series of robberies of convenience stores in Northeast and Northwest Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.

            Smith pled guilty to the charges in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.  In entering his guilty plea, Smith admitted to robbing six convenience stores in just over four weeks this summer. He is to be sentenced on Jan. 11, 2017 by the Honorable Danya A. Dayson.

            According to the government’s evidence, the robberies included these crimes:

            -Aug. 19, 2016, approximately 1:40 a.m.: Smith entered a 7-Eleven store in the 1200 block of Brentwood Road NE, approached a store clerk, and demanded access to the cash register.  He then took approximately $50 before fleeing.

            -Sept. 6, 2016, approximately 10:55 p.m.: Smith entered the 7-Eleven store in the 1300 block of Second Street NE. He approached a cashier and reached into two cash registers, taking approximately $430 before fleeing.

            - Sept. 10, 2016, approximately 2:10 a.m.: Smith entered the 7-Eleven store in the 4800 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE and displayed an object on his right hip, which store personnel believed to be a handgun. He proceeded to the cash registers, demanded that they be opened, and took an unspecified amount of cash before fleeing.

            -Sept. 12, 2016, approximately 8:45 p.m.: Smith entered the 6 & Q Market, in the 500 block of Q Street NW. Wearing a mask, he ordered a store clerk to the cash register.  When the clerk responded that he did not have a key to the register, Smith grabbed the entire register, which contained an unknown amount of cash, and fled.

            -Sept. 13, 2016, approximately 1:30 a.m.: Smith returned to the 7-Eleven on Second Street NE. According to a store clerk, he was carrying what appeared to be a silver gun in his waistband and demanded cash from the cash register.  Smith then removed approximately $100 from the store’s two cash registers and fled.

            -Sept. 18, 2016, approximately 9:45 p.m.: Smith entered a 7-Eleven store in the 900 block of Bladensburg Road NE. Wearing a mask, he displayed what the clerk believed to be a dark gun in his waistband and demanded that the clerk open the register.  Smith then proceeded to take money from both of the registers, before fleeing.

            Smith was arrested on Sept. 19, 2016.  When he was arrested, Smith was found to be in possession of a unique mask and bandana that surveillance video confirmed were used in the robberies. He has been in custody since his arrest. The guilty plea specified the offenses that were committed on Aug. 19, Sept. 6, and Sept. 12, 2016.

            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. Attorney Richard Barker, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated November 4, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-212