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Maryland Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Subway Robberies

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

           WASHINGTON – Scotlund Haisley, 51, of Montgomery County Maryland, was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for his role in an attempted robbery and robbery of a Subway sandwich shop, on two separate instances in January 2019, in Northwest Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu.

           Haisley pled guilty on February 21, 2019, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one charge of attempted robbery on January 20, 2019, and one charge of robbery on January 24, 2019. He was sentenced by the Honorable Craig Iscoe.

           According to the government’s evidence, on January 20, 2019, at approximately 6:34 p.m., Haisley entered a Subway sandwich shop on 4401 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., with a cap rolled down over his face. He walked behind the counter, placed an object to the back of a Subway employee’s head, and demanded the money in the register. The employee opened the register, withdrew about $300, and gave it to Haisley.

           On January 24, 2019, at approximately 8:55 p.m., Haisley entered the same Subway shop on Connecticut Avenue wearing a full face mask. With his hand in his pocket, Haisley confronted the same Subway employee, told that employee that he had a gun, and demanded money. The employee opened the register and handed Haisley money who then fled from the Subway.

           A review of security camera footage from the Subway revealed that the robber wore the same clothing, except for his face mask, during both robberies. A review of security footage from the nearby Van Ness Metro station showed that the robber was present in the Van Ness station on January 20 and 24, around the times of each robbery. On January 20, Haisley’s face was concealed by his mask, but on January 24, the mask was removed during at least part of his time in the Metro station, and he used stolen money to reload a SmartTrip card.

           On January 26, Metro Transit Police (MTP) stopped Haisley at the Tacoma Metro Station. He was wearing the same clothing depicted in all of the Subway and Metro videos, and had two SmartTrip cards in his possession. One of those cards was the card that Haisley reloaded on January 24, 2019, after robbing the Subway. The other card was used to exit Metro at the Van Ness Station about 10 minutes before the January 20, 2019 robbery.

           After he was stopped on January 26, 2019, two people who knew the defendant, called MPD to identify him as the person depicted in the video that MPD released.

           In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Romano, who investigated and prosecuted the case.


Updated September 13, 2019

Press Release Number: 19-170