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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

District Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Two Armed Robberies in Southeast Washington

Victims Were Lured to Location Through Dating App

            WASHINGTON – Ridge Jackson, 24, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a nine-year prison term for a pair of armed robberies he committed within a 24-hour period last spring in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.

            Jackson pled guilty in July 2018, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted possession of a prohibited weapon. He was sentenced by the Honorable Robert A. Salerno. Following his prison term, Jackson will be placed on five years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, the first armed robbery took place on April 27, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m. The victim reported that he had met a woman on a dating app and that she told him to meet her in a building in the 2600 block of Wade Road SE. Once he got there, he called the woman, who said she would be arriving shortly. Instead, Jackson and another individual came into the hallway. Jackson, who was armed, told the man to empty his pockets. He took the victim’s cellphone, a laptop bag containing a machete-style knife, and jacket.

            The second armed robbery occurred on April 28, 2018, at approximately 4:30 p.m. This time, another victim reported that he met a woman on a dating app and that she had invited him to meet her in a building in the 2600 block of Wade Road SE. Once again, Jackson entered the building, this time with two other individuals. Jackson approached the victim with a machete-style knife before robbing him of his iPhone, wallet, cash, and headphones.

            Jackson was arrested on May 5, 2018, following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He has been in custody ever since. At the time of the robberies, he was on supervised release for a 2016 conviction of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Vivien Cockburn, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.

Violent Crime
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Updated November 27, 2018