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Friday, May 10, 2013
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Four Members of “Show Out” Crew Sentenced To Prison Terms for Series of Assaults
-Group Targeted Victims in Chinatown and Other Areas-
WASHINGTON – Four men, all from Washington, D.C., were sentenced Friday to prison
terms on charges stemming from various gang-related crimes, including beatings, attempted
robberies, and obstructing justice, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L.
Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The defendants were among six men who pled guilty in February 2013, in the Superior
Court of the District of Columbia, to actively participating in a crew called “Show Out” that
committed crimes in areas including Chinatown, Metro Center, NoMa, Bloomingdale, and
Woodley Park. Since at least Jan. 1, 2012, the crew’s members canvassed the areas looking for
targets of opportunity and teamed up to assault their victims, rob them of items of value, or both.
They pursued people they thought were vulnerable to their surprise attacks, including people
traveling alone to or from work, homeless people, and people distracted by their cellphones.
The crew also was accused of engaging in “flash mob” style robberies at drug stores,
convenience stores, and gas stations, in which multiple members flooded in to the business at the
same time, overwhelming and intimidating the staff, and stealing items.
The Honorable Lynn Leibovitz sentenced the defendants this morning. They included
Quayshawn L. Leggett, 20, who allegedly had a senior position in the group; James D. Matheny,
19; Ricardo J. Williams, 20, and Travis L. Morris, 21.
Leggett was sentenced to nine years in prison on one count each of aggravated assault,
attempted robbery, and committing a crime while affiliated with a criminal street gang. Matheny
also was sentenced to a nine-year prison term, on one count each of aggravated assault,
obstructing justice, threats to do bodily harm, and committing a crime while affiliated with a
criminal street gang. Williams was sentenced to an 8 ½-year prison term on one count each of
aggravated assault, attempted robbery, and committing a crime while affiliated with a criminal
street gang. Morris was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison one count each of
aggravated assault and committing a crime while affiliated with a criminal street gang.
Upon completion of their prison terms, all four of the defendants will be placed on three
years of supervised release.
Two other leaders of the “Show Out” crew, both of Washington, D.C., are scheduled to
be sentenced May 24, 2013. They include Bernard Trowell, also known as “McLovin,” 19,
described in an indictment as “the self-styled president” of the group, and Deandre M. Williams,
19. Both pled guilty in February 2013 to charges stemming from their roles in the crimes.
“The Show Out crew ambushed vulnerable victims in some of our city’s most vibrant
neighborhoods,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “Today’s sentences hold four members of the crew
accountable for their roles in a series of beatings, robberies, and flash mobs. These prison terms
are just punishment for the lawless behavior of these young people.”
“This pack of thugs roamed around the city and preyed upon people whom they
perceived to be vulnerable,” said Police Chief Lanier. “The level of violence was unjustifiable. I
commend the officers and detectives from the First District, the members of the Intelligence
Division and our partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their efforts in bringing these
criminals to justice.”
As part of their plea agreements, the defendants, along with Trowell and Deandre
Williams, admitted participating in various crimes, including these incidents:
-June 5, 2012: Beating in the 600 block of H Street NW
All six defendants who pled guilty in February admitted taking part in the beating of a
man near a bus stop in the 600 block of H Street NW. As the victim approached the bus stop, at
about 3:20 a.m., he was surrounded and assaulted. Deandre Williams and a juvenile member of
Show Out knocked the man to the ground, and then multiple members punched, kicked and
stomped him. Deandre Williams and others stole items from the victim while he was on the
ground, including his cellphone and bank card. The victim was knocked unconscious for several
minutes. He eventually found a police officer and received medical attention. He was treated
later for a concussion, broken nose, and bruises to the head, face and torso.
--June 5, 2012: Beating near 2d and K Streets NW
Crew members targeted a second victim at about 3:45 a.m. The victim was walking to
work near 2d and K Streets NW when Deandre Williams approached him and struck him
repeatedly about the face and head with his fists. During this attack, Deandre Williams shouted
racial slurs at the victim. The victim received medical treatment on the scene and later was given
stitches to close a bleeding laceration to the side of his face. Deandre Williams pled guilty to
assault with significant bodily injury for his role in this attack.
-June 7, 2012: “Flash Mob” near North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue
Ricardo Williams and several others approached a gas station and convenience store at
about 4:20 a.m., in the area of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue. After the station
attendant opened the locked door, Williams and the others overwhelmed and intimidated him.
They grabbed food or beverage items and fled without paying. Ricardo Williams pled guilty to
attempted robbery for his participation in this attack.
-June 19, 2012: Obstruction of Justice
During the evening hours, Deandre Williams and others approached a former associate at
a bus stop in Chinatown and threatened to kill him if he talked to police. Deandre Williams pled
guilty to obstruction of justice for this incident.
-June 21, 2012: Attack at Metro Center
Leggett and others were on the lower platform at the Metro Center Metro station when
they confronted a man at about 5:20 a.m. Leggett demanded money and threatened the victim.
The victim did not give him any money, and one of the individuals punched him in the face,
knocking him down. Leggett pled guilty to attempted robbery for his role in this attack.
-July 31-Aug. 1, 2012: Threats to Do Bodily Harm, Obstruction of Justice
Matheny posted audio recordings to his Facebook page, in which he is rapping. In three
of them, he accused a Show Out member of “snitching.” The songs carried a threat that this
member would be shot “on sight.” Matheny pled guilty to threats to do bodily harm and
obstruction of justice for these threats.
As part of the plea agreement, the government dismissed charges against the defendants
involving four other violent crimes that were charged in the indictment. The indictment covered
a total of 10 violent crimes, nine of which occurred during a three-week period in June 2012.
Two other defendants in the case earlier pled guilty to charges, and a third adult member
of the crew is still being sought. The investigation into other members of the crew is ongoing.
In announcing the sentences, U.S. Attorney Machen and Chief Lanier commended the
work of the officers, detectives and crime scene technicians who worked on the case for the
MPD. They also expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Metro Transit Police Department,
which assisted in the investigation. Additionally, they thanked local businesses for their
assistance in the investigation, including Transwestern, a property management company, and
employees of Securitas, a private security firm. Finally, they praised the work of those who are
handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas
Bednar and Clare Pozos, who are prosecuting the matter.