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Jury Finds District Woman Guilty of Robbery and Conspiracy for Christmas Day Offenses

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

            WASHINGTON – Derricka Burton, 20, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a Superior Court jury of a Christmas Day robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Pamela A. Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            The verdict was returned on June 20, 2024, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  The Honorable Robert Salerno scheduled sentencing for August 23, 2024.

            According to the government’s evidence, at around 2:38 p.m. on December 25, 2023, Burton and three co-conspirators saw the victims, a couple spending time together at the Alethia Tanner Park, located at 227 Harry Thomas Way Northeast. Video footage showed Burton and her co-conspirators huddle together before two of her co-conspirators walked up to the victims and robbed them. Burton’s co-conspirators pointed a gun at the victims and demanded the victims’ Canada Goose brand jacket, cellphone, and other items. The co-conspirators then walked back to Burton and the other co-conspirators. The group conferred with each other and left together. As they did so, one of the co-conspirators dropped some of the stolen property, which Burton picked up before she left with the group.  Police arrested Burton on February 12, 2024.

            In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Toogun and Katrenia Shelly prosecuted the case.



Updated June 21, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-527