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District Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Choked and Robbed a Woman Near the Fort Totten Metro Station

            WASHINGTON – Canaan King, 18, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a four-year prison term for a robbery that occurred near the Fort Totten Metro Station in April 2017, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today.


            King pled guilty in August 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count of robbery.  The plea, which was subject to the Court’s approval, called for an agreed-upon sentence of three to five years in prison.  The Honorable Juliet McKenna accepted the plea and sentenced King on Dec. 15, 2017, to four years in prison.  Following the prison term, King will be placed on three years of supervised release.


            According to the government’s evidence, on Monday, April 24, 2017, at approximately 6:10 p.m., the victim was walking from the Fort Totten Metro Station near the 700 block of Gallatin Street NE. King approached the victim from behind and placed her in a chokehold. A struggle ensued, and King demanded the victim’s iPhone 6S and told her to “be quiet” and “delete your iCloud.”  He choked the victim tighter as she tried unsuccessfully to access her iCloud. He then took the iPhone and fled.  


            The victim’s iPhone 6S was recovered during the execution of a search warrant on King’s residence in Northeast Washington. Following his arrest on April 28, 2017, King admitted robbing the victim, indicating that he grabbed her from behind and took her phone before fleeing.


            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).  She also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Tiffany Fogle.  Finally, U.S. Attorney Liu commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha Smalky and Rizwan Qureshi, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated December 18, 2017

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 17-277