Suspect in Hill East Sexual Assault Transferred to the District

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division announced an arrest has been made in the First Degree Sexual Abuse and Burglary I offenses which occurred in the following locations:

· First Degree Sexual Abuse and Burglary I offense that occurred in the 1800 block of A Street, Southeast, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The suspect entered a residence through an unlocked door and sexually assaulted an adult female.

· Burglary I offense that occurred in the 600 block of Michigan Avenue, Northeast, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at approximately 6:15 am.

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 21-year-old Antwon Pitt of Southeast, Washington was arrested and held as a fugitive in an outside jurisdiction, pending charges in the District of Columbia for First Degree Sexual Abuse and First Degree Burglary.

On Friday, December 18, 2015, Antwon Pitt waived extradition and was transported to the District of Columbia where he has additionally been charged with a second First Degree Burglary offense.”

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  • It’s about time. I hope DC follows through on prosecution and this piece of shit gets sentenced to many years in prison.

  • Ally

    I hope they throw the book at this guy. Or any other heavy objects. Hope the victim is healing as well as can be expected and feels safe in her new home (the family understandably decided to move).

  • on the dc court website it shows this guy has pled guilty to at least two serious prior crimes in 2013, but somehow was out on the street to commit this latest one.

    • Ally

      Apparently he had an ankle monitor but cut it off.

    • This is great example of what Denise Krepp has been pushing for with her FOIA request to the US Attorney’s Office! Why don’t the Feds release more info on their prosecution rates? Why do they not release any analysis of what a person is charged with initially and what they plead to?
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      And the DC Superior Court also needs to answer for the pathetic way that it tracks repeat offenders who are required to wear GPS tracking bracelets. There is simply no accountability.
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      We can blame Bowser and Lanier all we want. But the fact remains that prosecutions of all violent offenders are done by the US Attorney’s Office. And parole/probation is overseen by the DC Superior Court. Neither of which are ever held accountable for their decisions or office performance.

      • Parole is not overseen by the Superior Court. Actually, “parole” is not used at all, but supervised release is. It is overseen by the US Parole Commission. Probation, which is overseen by the Superior Court sentencing judge, is almost never part of a sentence in serious crimes.

        CSOSA, which is technically an office of superior court, employs the actual supervision officers, pursues revocation proceedings aggressively, often for really poor reasons. If you’re saying that people on supervision are not revoked enough, you quite simply don’t know what you’re talking about.

        The approach that you seem to be advocating would involve the large scale incarceration of young black men in DC, to an extent greater than what we already see. Sentences like those popular with the “tough on crime” crowd don’t actually make us safer, though they do put us in a shameful position compared to the rest of the developed world.

        • Are you a baby lawyer, James? In the context of a discussion of a brutal rape, why do you think anyone would be focused on whether it’s technically called “parole” or “probation” or something else? If this man did in fact commit two serious crimes in the last couple years, he belonged in jail. I can tell you of at least one woman who would have been safer if he were. If we can’t get violent repeat offenders incarcerated where they belong, I would wish that, at a minimum, we could pack them all into housing right next to where your family lives. (After all, sounds like you don’t think your loved ones would be any less safe!)

          • Zora, James was responding to Anonymouse’s broadside against the criminal justice system, not to the terrible crimes at issue.
            Wishing violent repeat offenders were forcibly moved next to James’s family is a pretty messed up reaction to someone providing more information about how the criminal justice system works. Sure one can disagree with James, but to hope that demonstrably violent people who repeatedly do violent things potentially do violent things to James’s family simply because James said something you disagree with? That’s pretty terrible.

          • Thank you for discrediting yourself so I don’t have to spend time doing it. The post I commented to attributed these problems to an institution that isn’t responsible for them, and was factually inaccurate about how the system of offender supervision works in DC. So I pointed that out. Highlighting the distinction between parole and supervised release was simply meant to demonstrate that the person posting, who seem to be holding themselves out as knowledgeable on the issue, is not.

            As for your other complaints about my post, how do you define a serious crime? Do the facts of the offense matter, or just the statute that was violated? Does the offenders history matter?

            Do you have any evidence that longer, harsher sentences actually produce a measurable increase in safety? I’m guessing that you don’t, because I’m fairly positive that no such evidence exists. So if that’s the case, is locking people in cages for years for drug distribution and assault cases worth people feeling, but not actually being, safer? Maybe it does, and if you think so that’s a point that can be argued. But at least know what you’re talking about and be clear about what you’re saying.

            And yeah, I’m a lawyer, and I’m reasonably knowledgeable about how criminal stuff works in DC. Why you seem to think that should count against me is unclear.

          • FP – I see no “broadside” by Anonymouse. Maybe you should re-read the post. It’s pretty clear the poster is specifically talking about what the criminal justice system should be doing to prevent further assaults perpetrated by violent repeat offenders. Personally, I think these criminals should be locked up. James’ post suggests that he believes this would not make the public any safer. If people like James get their way and these criminals are not held accountable, it seems only fair that they live next to James rather than me.

          • James – I don’t hold it against you that you’re a lawyer. I suppose I hold it against you that you don’t sound like a very good one.

          • Zora – regarding “broadside” that is called a characterization. I re-read what Anonymouse wrote and I still view her take as something to be likened to a broadside.

            Regarding reading comprehension, however, I’m drawn to your own re-reading of your initial post here. You wrote: “If we can’t get violent repeat offenders incarcerated where they belong, I would wish that, at a minimum, we could pack them all into housing right next to where your family lives.”
            Let’s parse that disgusting statement out, shall we?
            1. These are violent repeat offenders, thus likely to assault and worse.
            2. They are not incarcerated, meaning they are free to move about, subject to them being forced to live next to James’s family.
            3. You are suggesting this potential barbaric world of violent crimes visited upon James’s family be the bare minimum of what happens if violent repeat offenders cannot be incarcerated.

            You tried to weasel out of your vile statement by justifying it with “If people like James get their way and these criminals are not held accountable, it seems only fair that they live next to James rather than me.” James never said criminals should not be held accountable. James certainly did not say anything that should justify you wishing that unincarcerated violent repeat offenders be forced to live next to his family. You doubled down based on faulty logic.

            I’m surprised the Prince allowed your post, since you’re, in a rather subtle way, advocating for violent crimes to be committed against James’s family simply because James disagreed with you.

          • Wow. Pro family assault. Keeping it classy there, Zora.

          • FP and Anony – Maybe Prince allowed my post because he’s better at reading comprehension than you are? I want these criminals in jail, not living next to anybody. James suggested we wouldn’t be any safer if that were the case. If that’s true, well, then his family would not be put at risk by their new neighbors.

        • “The approach that you seem to be advocating would involve the large scale incarceration of young black men in DC, to an extent greater than what we already see.”

          If they’re guilty of committing violent crimes, that would be perfectly fine. I strongly support a policy of incarcerating all violent criminals for substantial sentences. That the demographics of the city’s violent criminals is so unbalanced is not the fault of their victims or the the city’s law abiding citizens.

  • Aglets

    Oh. He was released and “ordered not to commit any more crimes”. I can see how THAT WOULD NEVER WORK

    • “Now sir, if you’re not too terribly hassled and if you so please, but would you mind not raping or robbing anyone when we release you back in the real world? That’d be really swell!”
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      Our courts should not work like this. We need real accountability.

  • DC’s US Attorneys Office is a revolving door of so-called do-gooders that have no connection to DC. They’re not from here and they don’t care. Publishing statistics on crimes and punishment would make them transparent and accountable, which they are not. Where do we go from there?

    DC and Alabama are the only states that have 4th degree rape. It’s like an honorable mention. 4th degree rape in DC is a misdemeanor. Because only in DC, you can get raped while unconscious and the perp *might* get 180 days. This is a real war on woman. DC does not care. Did the court check to see if Antwon Pitt was misbehaving? The Democratic cronies do not care, either. There was so much resistance for the 2013 Sex Assault Victims’ Rights Amendment Act (2013).

    A FOIA request is not going to stop crime. It’s a start. Everyone, all the way up to Bowser and Lanier (women, btw!), are aware that MPD underreports sexual assaults and were notorious for mishandling sexual assaults.

    I feel terrible for the victim in Hill East. It sounds like she has a good community around her.

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