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1537Press release_District man found guilty of robbing three persons at gunpoint in Northeast Washington, D.C.

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  • Vaughn-Lee, Fayette (MPD)
    Nov 28, 2006
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      From the Office of Jeffrey A. Taylor, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

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      U.S. Department of Justice



      JEFFREY A. TAYLOR

      United States Attorney for the

      District of Columbia






      Judiciary Center

      555 Fourth Street, NW

      Washington, D.C. 20530



      PRESS RELEASE







      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      For Information Contact:

      Public Affairs

      Channing Phillips (202) 514-6933

      http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/dc

      Wednesday, November 15, 2006



      District man found guilty of robbing three persons at gunpoint in Northeast Washington, D.C.



      Washington, D.C. - A Northwest District man, Casey Hampleton, has been found guilty of robbing three persons at gunpoint in Northeast Washington, D.C., in May of this year, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor announced today.



      Hampleton, 18, of the 1400 block of Clifton Street, NW, Washington, D.C., was found guilty yesterday by a jury in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of three counts of Armed Robbery, Unauthorized Use of an Automobile and three counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence ("PFCOV"). Hampleton faces sentencing before the Honorable Hiram Puig-Lugo on January 18, 2007. The statutory penalty for the Armed Robbery and PFCOV counts each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years of incarceration. Under the voluntary Superior Court Sentencing Guidelines, Hampleton faces a likely sentence of at least 15 to 16 years of incarceration.



      Previously, in September of 2006, a co-defendant in the case, Anthony McCutchen, pled guilty in the case to three counts of Armed Robbery, four counts of PFCOV, Kidnapping while Armed, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. On November 9, 2006, McCutchen, 17, of 34th Street, SE, Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 23½ years of incarceration for his role in the offense.





      According to the government's evidence at trial, on May 11, 2006, shortly after 10:00 p.m., in the 2000 block of Fairview Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. (PSA 504), the three complainants drove into D.C. from Maryland to attend a party at the Love Nightclub located at 1350 Okie Street, NE, Washington, D.C. to celebrate a friend's departure for military service in Iraq. As the three complainants walked toward the club after parking their vehicles, five men, including Hampleton and McCutchen, jumped from a stolen Black Jeep Liberty and robbed the three complainants at gun point.



      Hampleton and McCutchen, both of whom possessed firearms during the robbery, along with three other men emptied the pockets of the complainants, stealing $93.00, car keys, a cellular telephone and an ATM card. During the robbery, Hampleton pointed a gun at one of the complainants, demanded the PIN number to his ATM card, and then ordered the complainant to get into the stolen Jeep in order to withdraw money from an ATM machine. When one of the other complainants intervened to prevent Hampleton from taking the victim in the Jeep, Hampleton pointed his gun in the complainant's face. Moments later, police were seen in the area, at which time Hampleton and the four other men jumped back into the Jeep and fled.



      The complainants ran to the Love Nightclub where they flagged down officers of the Metropolitan Police Department and provided a description of the Jeep Liberty and the vehicle tags, as well as a description of the five assailants. The police located the stolen Jeep driving in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road, NE, Washington, D.C., and attempted to initiate a traffic stop of the vehicle. The Jeep fled from the police traveling at a high rate of speed, and eventually crashed into a tree in the 4300 block of 2nd Street, NE, Washington, D.C. Hampleton, McCutchen and three other men fled from the Jeep on foot. Hampleton was apprehended in the 3700 block of North Capitol Street, NE, and McCutchen was apprehended in the 4200 block of Harewood Road, NE. The other three assailants escaped capture by the police.



      Both Hampleton and McCutchen were positively identified by the complainants at the scene as having participated in the robbery, and property stolen from the complainants during the robbery was found on Hampleton at the time of his arrest.



      In announcing the jury's verdict, U.S. Attorney Taylor praised the outstanding work of Detectives James Francis, Dexter Martin, Carla Talley and Investigator Keith Batton of the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the work of Sergeant Lennox Antoine, and Officers Michael Jenkins and Charles Duckett of the Metropolitan Police Department. Mr. Taylor additionally praised the work of Legal Assistant Agnes Heard, Paralegal Anthony Griffith, Law Clerk Philip Toomajian, and Supervisory Paralegal Wanda Trice. Lastly, Mr. Taylor praised Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leutrell Osborne who indicted the case and Steven B. Wasserman who tried the case.



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