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District Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Kidnapping and Assaulting a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – Donte Johnson, 38 years old, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on March 1, 2024, to 60 months in prison on one count of kidnapping, announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            According to the evidence, on May 20, 2023, outside of the Deanwood Metro Center located in the 4700 block of Minnesota Ave, Northeast, the female victim (then 17 years of age) was commuting home from work and traveled by train to the metro station where her mother and sisters were going to pick her up in their car. The victim was crossing the street to go to her mother’s car when the defendant came from behind her and wrapped his arm around her neck. The victim attempted to fight the defendant off of her, but he pulled her to the ground and then pressed his body on her. The defendant then tried to pull the victim’s pants down. The victim was not able to break free of the defendant until two eyewitness strangers came to her rescue and were able to pull the defendant off of the victim. Shortly after the incident officers arrived and witnesses identified the defendant, who was still on scene, as the individual who assaulted the victim. He was placed under arrest. On September 26, 2023, the defendant plead guilty to one count of kidnapping, without any caps or other restrictions on the government’s recommendation at sentencing.

            The Honorable Marisa J. Demeo sentenced Johnson to 60 months of incarceration, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Johnson will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years after his released.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Marco Crocetti, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated March 4, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-203