Two 17 Year Olds Arrested in alleged Assault and Robbery of Marine Vet outside McDonald’s on E Street

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District announced two arrests have been made in an Aggravated Assault and Robbery offense that occurred in the 900 block of E Street, Northwest on Friday, February 12, 2016, at approximately 9:40 pm.

A victim was exiting a restaurant in the area when he was assaulted by suspect one. Suspect two then proceeded to take a wallet that carried a student identification card, credit cards and cash from the victim’s pocket. A third suspect also assaulted the victim. The suspects then fled the scene.

On Monday, February 22, 2016, First District Detectives and the Criminal Interdiction Unit arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male, of Northwest, D.C. and a 17-year-old juvenile female, of Northwest, D.C. The juvenile male was charged with Aggravated Assault and the juvenile female was charged with Robbery.

The investigation into this offense is on-going.”

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  • accendo

    Good. I hope they’re able to get the others as well.

  • Scum. I hope they charge them as adults.

  • SusanRH

    I hope they are charged as adults!

  • Charged as juveniles at age 17. They will face no jail or punishment.

    • What are the odds that the commission of this crime might get them admitted into the city’s upcoming program to pay kids to not get caught committing crime?

  • I hope the victim makes a public statement and releases the names of his attackers, since he is entitled to that information under DC law and is not prohibited from publishing it.

    • What good will that do? I understand the frustrations with the juvenile justice system, but naming these kids is going to help how exactly?

      • I also wouldn’t call them kids.

      • The benefits to the public of having these “kids” named are self-evident. The community at large will know that these are violent individuals who are to be avoided at all costs and excluded as much as possible from spaces that need to be kept safe. If I were making a hiring, admission, or other similar decision, then I would very much like to be informed that I was at risk of taking on such a violent individual.

        • The people who know these kids know full well what they’re capable of and still make them a part of the community. And I don’t know how I feel about them never being able to find employment after they do their time. That doesn’t seem to solve anything. I do agree that these aren’t kids and shouldn’t be treated as if they didn’t know any better.

          • I have no qualms about excluding extremely violent persons from society, especially since DC’s dysfunctional justice system systematically refuses to protect us from them. As an employer I’d be horrified to find out that I’d hired one of these kids and put them into direct contact with my customers and employees. As a parent I’d be horrified to learn that an educational or other community program had accepted one and put my child at risk.

            They should be named so that they can be shunned.

      • It lets me and every other Matine in the area know who they are…

  • Does anyone know what penalties will be for youth offenders for this type of act?

    • I am not working this case and don’t know the specifics but I can give you a general overview of it. As a juvinelle to be charged as an adult (title 16) DC only does that when the USAO’s want to and if they fit certain crimes. Robbery, ADW, rape, homicide, basically violent felonies. But that doesn’t mean they always will. It will depend on the respondents crime history. Since they were charged as juvinelle my guess is that they haven’t been arrest a lot. So if they’re convicted they will get one of the following:1. Probation 2. House arrest 3. Ankle monitor 4. Sent to a half-way house of other juvinelle offenders 5. Be sent to a juvinelle prison. (They don’t like doing that because there isn’t one in DC. Since DC uses the DOC) hope that helps. Also since they’re all 17, the most the punishment can be held is to 21 or 18. Which ever the attorneys and judges find appoporiate.

      • Got it. So a mild slap on the wrist then.

      • Thanks for the very factual run down!

        Alright criminal justice reformers, what do we do here? This is an ernest question. I’m sympathetic to concerns about mass incarceration/the prision pipeline. But, this isn’t shop lifting or low level drug dealing here. This is terrifying, hardcore violence against what appears to be an innocent human being. Do we just give the offenders a slap on the wrist, set them up with a life counselor and hope they straighten up and fly right?

        • As someone who works in Superior Court on a Felony II docket, I can tell you that these “kids” are provided a ton of services: reading coach, GED coach, job placement help, anger management class, plus mental health services and housing assistance if needed. Many don’t use any of the services even when they are required to do so per their probation terms. Then I watch them come into court over and over again for show cause hearings, where they are given endless chances to start abiding by probation before they are actually locked up.

          I don’t know what effective preventive measures we can put in place, but I do think part of the solution is to stop treating juvenile violent crime the same as nonviolent crime. Make all the services available in juvenile detention where the offenders can be forced to attend, and extend the duration of supervision for repeat violent offenders once they are released.

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