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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 23, 2014

Maryland Man Sentenced To Nine-Year Prison Term For Attacking Woman Near Northeast Washington Metro StationTwo Good Samaritans Came To Victim’s Aid, Helped Police Apprehend The Defendant

     WASHINGTON – Quamain Jacks, 23, of Hyattsville, Md., was sentenced today to a nine-year prison term on charges stemming from an attack in January 2013 against a woman near a Metro station in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Jacks, also known as Kwamane Jacks, was found guilty by a jury in February 2014, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of felony threats, kidnapping, misdemeanor sexual abuse, simple assault and malicious destruction of property. He was sentenced by the Honorable William M. Jackson. Upon completion of his prison term, Jacks will be placed on five years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, Jacks accosted the 26-year-old victim in the early evening hours of Jan. 17, 2013, as she was walking home from the Brookland Metro station in Northeast Washington. Jacks, a stranger, ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks.  The victim turned, faced Jacks, pushed him off her, and kept walking. 

     About two blocks later, Jacks approached the victim again, asked her if she “wanted to die” and began dragging her behind a line of trees.  He punched her repeatedly, breaking her glasses.  He then put his hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming as he straddled her and ran his hand along the rim of her tights.  She bit him as a result. 

     Two students from Catholic University came to the victim’s rescue and chased Jacks off of the victim. After getting the victim into their home across the street from the scene of the crime, these Good Samaritans noticed a man who looked like the attacker, outside in the area near the front of their home.  They asked the victim to look out at him and she immediately recognized the defendant as the man who attacked her both times.  Jacks was subsequently arrested.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocates Tracey Hawkins and Katina Adams-Washington; Paralegal Specialist Tiffany Jones; members of the Litigation Technology Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenya K. Davis, who prosecuted the matter.

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Updated February 19, 2015