Assault Rifle Used in Robbery in Brentwood Last Night at 6:15pm UPDATE – Arrest Made

@DCPolicedept tweeted:

“Robbery Hold up gun_1813Hrs_1300 Block Rhode Island Ave_3 B/M’S wearing All Black Clothing armed W/ assault rifle.”

@DCAlerts confirmed it was in NE.


“The Metropolitan Police Department has announced an arrest in the armed robbery of an establishment, which occurred in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE.

On Monday, March 17, 2014, at approximately 6:12 pm, three suspects, one of them brandishing a firearm, entered an establishment in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE. The suspects took US Currency and merchandise and then fled on foot.

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 year-old Jonathon Raiford of Northeast, Washington, DC charging him with Robbery.”

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  • Well, that’s grim.

  • jim_ed

    seems excessive. and unwieldy.

  • Someone who is better familiar with DC gun laws – would you face greater penalties for getting caught with an illegal assault rifle than a handgun or a shotgun? I’m really hoping that the answer is “yes”.

    • In the sense that there’s little chance of jail time either way, the answer is no.

      • Uhhh, people caught with illegal guns DO go to jail..

        • Yeah, DC has very strict sentencing if you’re caught with an illegal/unlicensed weapon or even ammunition. Much stricter than most other parts of the country.

        • gotryit

          Actually, carrying a pistol without a license is a misdemeanor for the first (maybe three) offenses. I’m not sure how that applies to rifles, but I don’t think it means jail time.
          Strict rules, but lenient sentencing – probably the worst combination.

          • I don’t think you’re correct. Here’s the law. I don’t see anything about leniency for the first offense.
            In general, carrying a firearm in the District is prohibited.
            D.C. Official Code § 22-4504. Carrying concealed weapons; possession of weapons during commission of crime of violence; penalty
            (a) No person shall carry within the District of Columbia either openly or concealed on or about their person, a pistol, or any deadly or dangerous weapon capable of being so concealed. Whoever violates this section shall be punished as provided in § 22-4515, except that:
            (1) A person who violates this section by carrying a pistol or any deadly or dangerous weapon, in a place other than the person’s dwelling place, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person, shall be fined not more than $ 5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both; or
            (2) If the violation of this section occurs after a person has been convicted in the District of Columbia of a violation of this section or of a felony, either in the District of Columbia or another jurisdiction, the person shall be fined not more than $ 10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.
            (a-1) Except as otherwise permitted by law, no person shall carry within the District of Columbia a rifle or shotgun. A person who violates this subsection shall be subject to the criminal penalties set forth in subsection (a)(1) and (2) of this section.
            However, there are exceptions for legally registered firearms.
            D.C. Official Code § 22-4504.01. Authority to carry firearm in certain places and for certain purposes.
            Notwithstanding any other law, a person holding a valid registration for a firearm may carry the firearm:
            Within the registrant’s home;
            While it is being used for lawful recreational purposes;
            While it is kept at the registrant’s place of business; or
            While it is being transported for a lawful purpose as expressly authorized by District or federal statute and in accordance with the requirements of that statute.
            So if you carry any firearm, registered or not, it’s up to 5 years/$5000.
            If you’re a convicted felon it’s up to 10 years /$10000.

          • gotryit

            What you posted lays out the rules, and maximum sentencing. So you could get the book thrown at you. But here’s an example I found from one of MPD’s daily arrest reports (guess they haven’t done that in a while). Note that it is a misdemeanor.
            ARREST# : 031209517
            DT-TM: 20-MAR-12 – 2125
            LOCATION: 2700 ONTARIO ROAD NW – PSA: 303
            OFFENDER: MOREIRA, C
            SEX: M

          • Wow, you’re right, it’s much more lenient than I thought. I looked up his case. It’s 2012 CF2 004907: District of Columbia Vs. MOREIRA, CASTILLO I. They wound up charging him with 3 counts, including a felony:
            Charge #1: Carry Pistol W/O Lic -Outside Home/Business
            Charge #2: Possession of Unregistered Firearm/Unlawful Possession of a Firearm or Destructive Device
            Charge #3: Unlawful Poss Ammunition
            And then he pled guilty to three misdemeanors, and was sentenced to 2 years probation and 180 days, but the 180 days were suspended.
            A few months later he was charged with Assault on a Police Officer (Misdemeanor), and acquitted in a jury trial. And then, a few months after that, he was charged with Contempt – Condition of Release Violation, found guilty, and sentenced to 30 days.

    • Why should it be? Pistols and shotguns are just as lethal as assault rifles. Hunting rifles are too. In fact, most “assault rifles” are exactly the same as hunting rifles, but they look scarier.

      • Magazine holding capacity + fire rate. Don’t play stupid.

        • Most “assault rifles” that people want to bad are semi-automatic. They are not full auto machine guns.

          • yes, but they are still capable of firing faster than a bolt-action hunting rifle or a pump shotgun. And they hold a lot more ammo than other semi-auto long guns and handguns, so it doesn’t matter that they aren’t full auto – they are still capable of doing a lot more damage.

        • Above post is correct. The big thing about “assault rifles” is that they look scary and sound scary when discussed on TV and in gun debates. In fact, your M16 or M4 fires a smaller projectile than almost every pistol out there, shooting a bullet that is ~.223 inches in diameter while the 9mm is ~.35 inches in diameter. The big difference between rifles and handguns is supersonic velocity vs subsonic velocity, resulting in range increase. In the hands of someone who knows what they are doing (not your average criminal), a rifle can be fired accurately at several hundred yards. Max range of most pistols is ~50 yards, with effective range of around 25 yards. The bullet just doesn’t travel far enough to be used at longer ranges. In addition fire rate on most assault rifles is capped at a burst fire of typically 3 rounds unless they are modified for special operations use. And no one trying to hit a target is ever going to use full auto, you just can’t hit shit that way unless it is purely by chance.
          I would be surprised if this was actually an assault rifle used. More than likely, when looking down the wrong end of a gun the clerk that reported the crime thought it looked really scary, and thus like an assault rifle when faced with the possibility of getting shot.

      • Given their magazine capacity i think assault rifles are more dangerous in an urban environment where if you spray enough bullets around you’ll eventually hit someone (who may not be your intended target).

  • 3 people, one with an assault rifle, or did all 3 have assault rifles? Either was this is horrible. . .

  • That seems like a lot of unwieldy firepower for a simple robbery. What gives?
    My guess is that this was an airsoft rifle designed to look like an M4/M16/etc.

  • brookland_rez

    That’s the location of Brentwood Manor apartments, an all section 8 complex. I’m guessing this was probably a target attack, perhaps retaliation for something that happened at an earlier time.

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