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Two Juveniles Charged as Adults for Murdering High School Student During Armed Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Probable Cause Found. Defendants Held Without Bond

            WASHINGTON – Marlan Smith, Jr., 16, and Anthony Monroe, 17, of Washington, D.C., were presented in Superior Court and charged as adults today on the charge of first degree felony murder while armed, stemming from the homicide of 17-year-old A.C., on September 11, 2023, in front of Jersey Mike’s, in the 2300 Block of Washington Place, N.E. The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Acting Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). 

            Monroe and Smith were arraigned before Magistrate Judge Eric Glover, today, where they entered pleas of not guilty. The defendants are accused of committing five separate armed robberies beginning at approximately 5:49 a.m., prior to the sixth armed robbery that resulted in A.C.’s death by shooting him in the head. The court heard arguments and found probable cause to believe that the defendants committed first degree felony murder while armed. The court held the defendants without bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for December 4, 2023, before Judge Robert Okun.  

            An arrest on a complaint is merely a formally charged allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

            This case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin DeRiso.  

Updated November 3, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-668