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Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Virginia Man Indicted on Charges in 2017 Vehicular Attack on Police and Transit Worker

Defendant Accused of Assault with Intent to Kill in Adams Morgan Attack

            WASHINGTON – Brandon Figures-Mormon, 24, of Disputanta, Virginia, was indicted today on felony charges accusing him of using his vehicle to assault two uniformed Metropolitan Police Department officers and one District of Columbia Department of Transportation worker, with the intent to kill, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Figures-Mormon was indicted by a grand jury in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on three counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, three counts of aggravated assault while armed, two counts of felony assault on a police officer while armed, and related charges.  He remains held pending trial and is expected to be arraigned on Feb. 16, 2018.  If convicted of the charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 90 years of incarceration.

            According to the government’s evidence, on June 8, 2017, shortly before 9 p.m., Figures-Mormon entered a white Dodge Ram pickup truck parked on the 2300 block of 18th Street NW, near the intersection of 18th Street NW and Belmont Road NW.  Figures-Mormon allegedly drove at a high rate of speed up the median on 18th Street NW toward Columbia Road NW.  According to the government’s evidence, Figures-Mormon drove at and struck the three victims, who were working in the median.  As onlookers rushed to the victims’ aid, Figures-Mormon allegedly sped through the intersection with Columbia Road and proceeded onto Adams Mill Road NW before crashing into a parked sanitation truck.  Figures-Mormon was found in the driver’s seat of the truck and was later arrested on scene.

            The victims, who sustained serious injuries after being hit by the speeding truck, were rushed to local hospitals.  All three survived the assault.

            An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty. 

            In announcing the indictment, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department, particularly the detectives of the Major Case/Cold Case Unit. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Computer Forensic Examiner John Marsh, Victim/Witness Advocate James Brennan, and Paralegal Specialist Tiffany Fogle.

            Finally, they expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha Smalky and John B. Timmer, who are investigating and prosecuting the case with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
18-32
Updated February 7, 2018