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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 22, 2016

Capitol Heights Man Facing Gun Charges; He and Three Co-Defendants Charged With Conspiring to Tamper with Evidence and Obstruct a Federal Investigation

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment charging Anthony Darnell Boyd, Jr., a/k/a Tony Fortune, Tone Tone, Big Tony, Jermaine Jefferson, and Paul Dreber, age 37, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, with two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.  The indictment also charges Boyd, Bianca Desirea Williams, a/k/a Bianca Boyd, Chocolate, Mahogany, and Katrina Watson, age 22, also of Capitol Heights; Natalie Ragsdale Goetschius, a/k/a London, age 22, of Baltimore, Maryland; and David D’Von Frazier, a/k/a Peanut, age 24, of Bladensburg, Maryland, with conspiracy to tamper with evidence and obstruct a federal proceeding. 

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Washington Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Chief Earl L. Cook of the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department.

According to the three count indictment, on July 21, 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Boyd’s residence in Capitol Height, where he lived with Williams, and recovered two loaded 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistols and three additional rounds of 9 millimeter ammunition.  Boyd was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition (as charged in the previous indictments and in count one of this second superseding indictment). 

After his arrest, Boyd was detained and subsequently housed at the Chesapeake Detention Facility (“CDF”) in Baltimore, Maryland, under the name “Jermaine Jefferson,” the name Boyd previously had given to law enforcement in connection with a prior felony conviction and under which Boyd served a sentence of imprisonment exceeding one year for that prior felony conviction.

Between July 22 and August 6, 2016, while Boyd was held at CDF, he made numerous calls to Williams, Goetschius, and Frazier through his inmate telephone account.  The calls were recorded, as are all jail calls per CDF policy.  According to the indictment, during those calls Boyd, Williams, Goetschius, and Frazier conspired to tamper with evidence and to obstruct the government’s ongoing investigation.  Specifically, the indictment alleges that the defendants attempted to conceal additional firearms owned by Boyd.  Those firearms, a 7.62 millimeter caliber, semi-automatic rifle, two .357 caliber revolvers (one with an obliterated serial number), a 12 gauge shotgun, a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol, and assorted rounds of ammunition, were recovered and are charged in count two of the second superseding indictment.  The indictment further alleges that, in an effort to obstruct the investigation, the defendants submitted a document to the Court falsely claiming that Goetschius owned and possessed the firearms recovered from Boyd’s home on July 21, 2016.

Boyd faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of the gun charges.  The defendants each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to tamper with evidence and obstruct a federal investigation.  Boyd is scheduled to have an initial appearance and arraignment on August 24, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt and he remains detained.  No court appearance has been scheduled for Williams, Goetschius, and Frazier who remain detained on related charges.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI Washington and Baltimore Field Offices, the Prince George’s County Police Department and Alexandria, Virginia Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray D. McKenzie, who is prosecuting the case.

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Updated August 22, 2016