“District Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery, Admits Stealing Dog From Woman at Gunpoint”

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From MPD:

Christopher Young, 18, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to a charge of armed robbery stemming from an attack earlier this year in which he stole a dog from a woman at gunpoint, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

Young pled guilty on March 22, 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Robert I. Richter scheduled sentencing for May 20, 2013. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 30 years in prison.

According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 5, 2013, at about 10:35 a.m., Young approached a woman who was walking her Yorkshire Terrier in the area of Fifth and Kennedy Streets NE. Young displayed a handgun and said, “Give me your dog. Yorkies cost a lot of money.” He then grabbed the victim’s dog and ran toward Chillum Place NE.

The victim, who yelled for help, noticed that Young dropped his phone on Kennedy Street directly next to where the dog’s leash had dropped. While Young continued running, the dog escaped and ran to its home. Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) determined that the dropped phone belonged to Young, and learned that he had a GPS device on his ankle. Police obtained Young’s GPS records, which placed him directly in the area of 5th and Kennedy at the time of the robbery as well as in the flight path described by witnesses.

In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina, who is prosecuting the case.

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  • ha! dude’s not cut out for the robbery biz.

  • ledroittiger

    My dog would have killed this piece of trash.

  • Future Darwin award recipient. Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • i have a yorkie and this is one of my biggest fears. what a piece of trash.

    • Really? One of your biggest fears is having your yorkie stolen at gunpoint? How often does that happen a year?

  • :shudder: This is why it is so important not to leave your dog outside unattended, because scumbags steal dogs to make a buck. I realize that’s not the situation here but if they’ll grab it from you at gunpoint they’ll have no qualms about snatching it out of your yard. I’m glad the pup is OK.

  • He will be back on the street in 6 months.

    • Less. But don’t worry it’s okay, they’ll have him wearing a GOS monitor!

    • Actually, he’ll be in jail for years. Armed robbery is no joke. Depending on his history, he may have a 5 year mandatory minimum.

      • Clearly, you have no idea how the legal system in DC works. In this town the courts let armed robbers and other violent criminals out of jail in months.

        • Its interesting to me when people use the word “clearly” when they are so obviously wrong. As I have posted here many times, D.C. law requires you serve at least 85% of your time on a violent felony conviction.

      • I’m sure you’re correct, but it’s so much more satisfying to say that he’ll be out by Monday even though it isn’t true. Once he gets to the big house, I don’t think the other felons are going to go easy on a dog-napper.

        • Look, I just know you’re clearly wrong. I’ve watched dozens of reruns of Law and Order. Also, I saw the Wire first runs, before everyone was watching it. I even watch Psych. I pretty much know everything there is to know about America’s criminal justice system.

  • I’m calling this guy “Heinz” because there are 57 varieties of stupid going on there.

  • Holy crap, this might be the dumbest guy in DC.

    And stealing a dog? What a loser.

  • Please people this is the city, don’t go waving around your expensive Yorkies in public. Keep them in your bags until you get home or you HAVE to use them.

  • not too many feel good robbery stories out there but this is certaintly one of them

  • I agree this guy is an idiot – but in a lot of places stealing dogs for various purposes related to dog fighting is not at all uncommon. Obviously the woman was doing something normal walking her dog and the dog was leashed, but it drives me crazy to see dogs tied up outside of businesses or left unattended in cars … yes it is better for the dog’s health to have the windows rolled down but people should be aware of this risk too.

    • Totally. I have two large dogs, one of whom is not at all friendly toward strangers, and I still don’t leave them unattended even in my own yard because I’m scared of someone hurting or stealing them. And I never ever ever leave them tied out in front of a shop or restaurant or in my car. It scares the crap out of me when people do that because of the danger it poses to the dog.

      Thank goodness the victim got her dog back. What a horrible thing to have happen.

    • I really do appreciate the serious point you’re making, but still can’t get the image of a Yorkie dog fighting ring out of my head.

  • Go Natalia 🙂

  • i’m not a fan of calling out criminals for being stupid.
    i’d rather we not broadcast their stupid mistakes so as to not teach them what they are doing wrong.

  • I am a big fan of the recent spike in stories in DC of gene pool bottom dwellers being daft enough to commit other crimes while being lojacked. And dropping and leaving your phone behind as evidence, even greater!

  • That victim deserves it. She moved to that neighborhood knowing full well that might happen to her. When are we going to put an end to this gentrifying madness!?!?

    • Funny joke, but why do you assume she’s a gentrifier? When I lived in Trinidad the only people who had yorkies/chihuahuas were definitely not gentrifiers…

      • Right – there are two yapping (often for hours on end) Yorkies close to my house and their owners are renters in a group house of people from Africa. (NOT African American)

  • About a year ago, someone tried to steal my friend’s dog while they were out walking in the area around North Capitol and Gallatin St. NW. That guy got his ass kicked.

  • Too bad the guy is in jail. I need to him to steal my neighbor’s two Rottweilers that love to bark and howl at any movement. And Rottweilers cost a lot of money too!

  • I wish DC would issue stronger and longer sentences to anyone, juvenile or otherwise, that is caught with a firearm. Obama called for us to not forget the victims of gun crimes or shame on us. For the judges and city leaders to continue to provide criminals with lax sentences for their crimes involving guns, including homicide, is a travesty. Council should up the recommended sentences, and the judges should hand them down hard.

  • This has got to be the single feeblest attempt at a crime I have ever heard of.

  • If the yorkie had less swagger he would probably not have been jacked, just sayin’.

  • A Yorkie hell no!

    There’s a Berner around 15th that I have my eye (and gun) on…

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