Man Who Plead Guilty to Armed Robbery, Stealing Dog From Woman at Gunpoint Gets 4 Years

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Back in March we learned about the hapless criminal who stole a dog at gunpoint and then dropped his phone while the dog escaped and ran home…

He was sentenced to a four-year prison term.

From MPD:

Christopher Young, 18, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a four-year prison term on a charge of armed robbery stemming from an attack in which he stole a dog from a woman at gunpoint, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Young pled guilty in March 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced by the Honorable Robert I. Richter. Upon completion of his prison term, Young will be placed on five years of supervised release.

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 sentence, 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 prosecuted the case.

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  • Not long enough. Dude was already tethered.

  • maaaaan what a fucking moron!

  • what does this mean? 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.

    Presumably, he was already on probation for something else? only 4 years for armed robbery? ridiculous.

  • I swear they’re putting something in these GPS Tracking Anklets that make people MORE prone to committing crime. Que the conspiracy theories…

  • U.S. Attorney Machen is a failure if he thinks a 4 year sentence is a success. He should be ashamed. This criminal should be locked up much longer.

    • Really? How long a sentence do you think would be appropriate? Four years seems about right to me for a crime in which no one was hurt and the perp didn’t even get away with the property. I would consider it a waste of my tax dollars to lock this guy up for longer than that.

      • Ditto. Keeping him locked up longer for 4 years based on the circumstances that transpired is just a waste of taxpayer money.

      • Someone who would use a handgun to rob someone of their pet while on probation really isn’t fit to live with the rest of us.

      • I disagree. Someone could have been easily killed. What message are we sending? Gun crimes are ok so long as nobody gets killed, so feel free to carry them and rob people and we will give you only a slap on the wrist as long as nobody is hurt. He will probably be out in 2 years. I am frankly sick and tired of the gun control debate in this country that trumpets stricter controls and more obstacles to legal gun ownership but ignores the epidemic of gun violence in our inner cities and tacitly endorses the appropriateness of such laughably light sentences. Martha Stewart almost got as much time as this.

        • The point is, no one was actually killed, or injured for that matter. The message we are sending is that if you commit robbery while armed with a gun, even if no one is hurt, you will go to jail for four years. I stand by my point that four years is about right and longer would be a waste of money.

      • Let’s just hope he doesn’t kill someone next time when he is out in two years.

      • I am happy to spend MY tax dollars to prevent criminals from terrorizing citizens. That is what this person did. He robbed a person of their pet dog with a gun while on probation for who knows what other crime he committed in the past. He is a menace to society if there ever was one, and he needs to be off the streets for far longer than 4 years.

    • How about, use a gun in a crime and you go to jail for 20 years? No one is shot? Doesn’t matter – 20 years. Gun was unloaded? Doesn’t matter – 20 years.

      I bet gun crimes would go down.

  • ledroittiger

    How do we know he was tethered? Maybe he just had a Nike+ chip in his shoe or something?

  • Sounds like that Yorkie is a lot smarter than Mr. Young.

  • Stealing dogs, man these kids are such punks.

    Seriously, I agree with Anonymous 2:08 that Mr. Young definitely gives the nod to the Yorkie in the intelligence category.

    • Not only that, but the Yorkie was smart enough to get away from someone 15 times his size and find his way home. I hope my dogs would be able to do that in a situation like that.

  • I wonder what 4 years really means. I think good behavior alone reduces this sentence by 200 days. When I hear these terms I never believe they will actually be locked up for the entire sentence.

  • I tend to agree with the others on this post who think 4 years is insufficient. The victim could have been killed. Nearby residents just sitting in their homes at the time could have been killed (this was in a residential neighborhood) by stray gunfire. When you bring a gun to a crime and adrenaline is running high, who knows what could happen that you didn’t plan for. The robbery of a living thing alone should have been four years. Threatening another citizen with a gun and using fear of violence or death should bring 15 more.

    I am more than happy to pay more in taxes to lock people like this up and keep them there. Most violent criminals in DC seem to be 15-30 year old males. Keeping this guy behind bars until he ages out of that group seems wise.

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