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District Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Role in Three Robberies in Northeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Boasted on Facebook After One of the Robberies

     WASHINGTON - Damairzio Wells, 18, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term on charges stemming from three robberies in Northeast Washington during a three-month period this year, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

     Wells pled guilty in September 2015, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to two counts of robbery and one count of armed robbery, involving three separate crimes. He was sentenced on Oct. 29, 2015, by the Honorable Yvonne Williams.  Upon completion of his prison term, he will be subject to five years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, in two separate incidents, on Feb. 15, 2015 and Feb. 24, 2015, Wells placed orders at two different restaurants to lure the delivery drivers to locations in Northeast Washington. Once the drivers arrived, he robbed them at gunpoint. After the first robbery, Wells bragged in a Facebook post that “EatGood we eatin good erynight,” with a picture of the food and cash he had stolen. In the second robbery, Wells thrust the gun into the driver’s mouth, causing significant injuries.  The gun used in this robbery was recovered and the muzzle of the gun contained the DNA of the delivery driver and of Wells.

     In the third incident, on May 24, 2015, Wells was driving his car in the 1300 block of Monroe Street NE when he chanced upon a college student returning from a day of work.  Wells pulled the car up and blocked the student’s path.  Two unknown individuals jumped out of the car and demanded the student’s bag with the threat that they had a weapon.  The car driven by Wells was located by officers of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) within minutes from where the robbery had occurred, and Wells was arrested.  An imitation firearm was recovered from the car driven by Wells, along with the proceeds of the robbery.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips praised the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department.  He acknowledged the work of those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Donville Drummond and Victim/Witness Coordinator Jennifer Clark.  Finally, he thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Kerkhoff, Nebiyu Feleke and Laura Crane, who investigated and indicted the case.

Updated February 4, 2016

Press Release Number: 15-210