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District Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison For Broad Daylight Attack of Woman in Southeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
MPD Officers Heard Victim's Screams, Halted the Assault

            WASHINGTON – Christopher Galloway, 49, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to five years in prison for attacking a woman last year in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced. The assault was stopped by officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), who were driving by the scene and heard the victim’s screams.


            Galloway was found guilty by a jury in December 2016 of a charge of assault with intent to commit robbery while armed. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced on March 30, 2017, by the Honorable Neal E. Kravitz. Upon completion of his prison term, he will be placed on five years of supervised release.


            According to the government’s evidence, on March 23, 2016, at approximately 9:40 a.m., two MPD Officers were driving along the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, on truancy duty, with the windows of their van cracked. They heard a woman’s cries for help and spotted, in the space between two nearby buildings, a man standing over a woman who was on the ground, on her back.


            The officers stopped the van and ran to the woman’s assistance, interrupting Galloway as he stood with a knife in his hand over the victim. The knife was recovered on the scene.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura R. Bach; Victim/Witness Advocate James Brennan; Paralegal Specialist Richard Cheatham, and the staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Litigation Technology Department. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys William E. Schurmann and John B. Timmer, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated April 3, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-068