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Monday, February 13, 2017

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking, Drove Off with Woman and Her 2-Year-Old Granddaughter

Defendant Arrested After Crashing in the Vehicle

            WASHINGTON – Jesse Green III, 41, of Germantown, Md., has pled guilty to carrying out a carjacking earlier this year in Southeast Washington in which he drove off with a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Peter Newsham, Interim Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).


            Green, also known as Michael McKoy, pled guilty on Feb. 10, 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to carjacking. The Honorable Ronna L. Beck scheduled sentencing for April 14, 2017. The charge carries a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison and a statutory maximum of 21 years. Green has been in custody since his arrest on the day of the crime.


            According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 8, 2017, at approximately 12:10 p.m., the woman, her husband, and their 2-year-old granddaughter were driving in a GMC Yukon sports utility vehicle. The husband pulled over and got out of the vehicle for a stop in the 5000 block of Kimi Gray Court SE. Green, a stranger, came out of a neighboring house and went to the vehicle. Then, without permission, he got into the driver’s seat and sped off, with the woman and child still in the vehicle. The child was in a car seat in the rear.


            The woman demanded that Green let them out and she attempted to grab the steering wheel. Green, however, kept driving fast, passing through stop signs. He crashed into a parked vehicle near 51st Street and Central Avenue SE, traveled up an embankment, and then crashed backward into a telephone pole. He attempted to flee, but was soon apprehended. The victims were taken to a hospital by ambulance for examination and treatment.


            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips and Interim Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who handled the case at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy, Paralegal Specialist Richard Cheatham, and Victim/Witness Advocate James Brennan. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Natasha Smalky, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 13, 2017