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Press Release

District Man Sentenced to Prison For Armed Robbery in Southeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Accosted Victim in Broad Daylight

            WASHINGTON – Joshua Mayo, 18, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a 42-month prison term for two offenses, including an armed robbery and receipt of stolen property taken during another armed robbery, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            Mayo pled guilty in October 2015, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of armed robbery and receipt of stolen property. The Honorable Todd E. Edelman sentenced him to a total of 72 months in prison, but suspended all but 42 months of the time on the condition that he successfully complete a period of probation.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 at approximately 7:50 a.m., the victim reported that Mayo approached her after she exited her vehicle in the 1500 block of East Capitol Street SE. Mayo blocked the victim’s path, and stated, “Stop, give me your bags,” while directing her attention to the handle of the pistol that was sticking out from the right front portion of his waistband. The victim handed over her belongings, including her car keys.

            Mayo fled the area, but returned several hours later to the parking lot where the victim had previously parked her vehicle. Law enforcement had been canvassing the area for the defendant, and when they attempted to stop him in his vehicle, he fled the area. He was eventually detained after he crashed the vehicle. Law enforcement recovered a black .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol from inside the vehicle, as well as some of the victim’s belongings.

            The receipt of stolen property charge stems from Mayo’s possession of a cellphone stolen on April 11, 2015, during another armed robbery in Northeast Washington.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the officers, detectives, and others who worked on the case from 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. Attorneys Vivien Cockburn and Derrick Williams, who investigated and prosecuted the cases.

Updated March 17, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-042