“District Man Found Guilty of Charges In Sexual Attack of Woman During Home Invasion”

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From MPD:

“Victim Was Working from Home When Sexually Assaulted and Robbed

Antwon Pitt, 22, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a jury today of charges stemming from a sexual assault against a woman he attacked while she was working from her Southeast Washington home, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

Pitt was found guilty of charges of first-degree sexual abuse, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, robbery, threats, and felony assault. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Pitt will be sentenced on Aug. 19, 2016 by the Honorable Florence Pan. He remains in custody pending further court proceedings.

According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 13, 2015, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the victim was alone and working at home on her computer. Suddenly she saw Pitt standing in her apartment. He had entered through an unlocked door. After learning that the woman was alone, he grabbed her and slammed her onto the floor. He proceeded to violently press his hand over the victim’s mouth and nose as he forced her down the hall with his other hand around her throat. Once in the victim’s bedroom, he raped the victim on her own bed. After the rape, he took the victim’s phone, demanded her passcode, and left. The victim was taken to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries, which included fractured facial bones requiring surgery.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) obtained surveillance footage from the alley by the victim’s building showing a suspect walking through the alley after the rape wearing a backpack and bright orange shoelaces. MPD was then able to track the victim’s phone to a gas station in Mitchellville, Md., where Pitt, who matched the description of the person in the surveillance footage and the description provided by the victim, was stopped. At the time of his stop, Pitt had the victim’s phone and checks made out to the victim’s husband, as well as a pair of gloves. Pitt’s DNA and the victim’s DNA were found on gloves. At the time of the crime, Pitt was on release in a pending drug case.

Pitt is awaiting trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on charges related to another burglary that took place on Oct. 6, 2015 in Northeast Washington. The victim in that case awakened to discover a man in her home. The man robbed her of her cellphone, wallet, and other personal belongings and fled. Pitt has pled not guilty to charges in that case.

In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Metro Transit Police Department, the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences, Sorenson Forensics, and Signature Science, LLC. Finally, he commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah McClellan and Luke Jones, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Chief of Police Cathy Lanier”

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  • So now we have our answer for what it takes to get a conviction: a horrific broad daylight attack, massive public outcry, and incontrovertible easily processed evidence.
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    I guess we’re supposed to think this is what a great job looks like? It feels like the leaders of this city had to be dragged kicking and screaming even to get this.

    • justinbc

      Yes, if you have that many government units working together that’s a pretty remarkable job. Just because there was lots of public outcry for punishment doesn’t mean there wasn’t also equal desire from the top to do the same.

  • I’m glad he’s seeing justice, but I still don’t want to live on this planet anymore after reading about his crime.

  • Now can we publicly shame the juror who insisted the victim made everything up and broke her own face? As soon as that juror went home sick, the jury reached a verdict.

  • Horrifying.

    NBC reported that the assailant posed as a maintenance worker and the victim let him into the building ( http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Woman-Sexually-Assaulted-Inside-Southeast-DC-Home-Tuesday-Afternoon-332944301.html ). The report above says he entered through an unlocked door. Which was it?

  • I knew exactly which case this was referring to without even clicking on the link, because the details made me sick when I first about about it and just got worse from there. People are absolute garbage — I hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life.

  • The most heartbreaking part is that it was extremely avoidable. He was a known violent offender and prosecutors begged a judge to hold him because he was a threat to public safety. Someone needs to circulate the name of the judge who let him go free because that’s just tragic. I wonder if that judge feels personally responsible?

  • Accountering

    Lets loosen up drug crime laws and the like, and send people like this to jail for life. You have forever lost your right to live in a civilized society Antwon. What a piece of garbage.

    • Actually, in this case, stronger drug laws would have prevented this from occurring. He was on release for a pending drug case at the time he committed the rape.

      This is sick and I am disgusted at the manufactured outrage we have to protest everything else, but I have yet to see a giant march against crime.

      Wake me up when society starts caring enough to storm the gates of capital hill daily until this sh*t stops happening.

      • west_egg

        “He was on release for a pending drug case at the time he committed the rape.”
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        It’s a little more complicated than that: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/off-the-grid-how-a-violent-offender-slipped-through-the-dc-justice-system/2016/05/13/ba4ca96c-ebba-11e5-bc08-3e03a5b41910_story.html?tid=a_inl
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        To Accountering’s point, a distinction needs to be made between violent and non-violent offenders.

        • Granted, the circumstances of thatrelease were more complicated, true. However, it only got to that point because the reclassification of drug offenses when considering repeat offenders. If this reduction in seriousness of drug sentencing hadn’t recently occurred, then no Pitt on the street. Not saying ends justify the means (maybe I am), but noticing the irony in Accountering’s statement.

          Makes me angry that we (me included) sit around debating in terms of political correctness and abstract sensitivities about what is “fair” on a broad stroke brush of “that statistic/thought feels icky,” when meanwhile, this woman is suffering horribly as a result. We might have lost the forest for the trees on that one.

          • Also: “a distinction needs to be made between violent and non-violent offenders” implies little to no correlation – which is far from true, as an example here of Pitt repeatedly flouting the law.

  • SusanRH

    Now let’s hope this rapist gets more than 6 months in jail

  • Summary execution is warranted here.

  • You read news about scum like this and you’re supposed to believe Hillary and others who stood up to crime in the 90’s were so wrong to use the term “super predator”. Me, I think that is a rather apt term for a violent criminal like this who has no regard for society.

    But somehow political correctness means we coddle everyone – especially criminals.

    • Seriously. If cutting off your ankle monitor GPS so you can rob, beat and rape a stranger doesn’t qualify for “super predator” status then what does…

    • The problem is that its not applied across the board. The term “Super Predator” was/is a targeted term to AA youths.

      Brock Turner isn’t being called a super predator neither is Daniel Holtzclaw or Dylan Roof or James Holmes or Cody Foster etc. AA youth’s are always seemed to be judged by their worst in the court of public opinion. There are plenty of Brock Turner’s on college campuses preying on young girls and they dont get the super predator tag.

      • +1 It is not about being politically correct. It is about how quick we are to dehumanize black people (some awful, some not, some proven innocent/wrongly convicted) while we are very protective when it concerns the humanity of proven awful white people.

      • Brock Turner isn’t being called a super predator neither is Daniel Holtzclaw or Dylan Roof or James Holmes or Cody Foster etc. AA youth’s are always seemed to be judged by their worst in the court of public opinion. There are plenty of Brock Turner’s on college campuses preying on young girls and they dont get the super predator tag.

        I would certainly call Brock Turner a sexual predator. Are there people advocating against that label for him? Sure. Just like there will be some set of people advocating against any labeling of any criminal. I the PC world just selectively amplifies the outrage. They ignore the people calling Brock Turner a sexual predator and amplify the voices making excuses for Brock so they can in turn megaphone their outrage. I’ve signed the petition against Judge Persky and contributed to the non-profit pushing for his disbarring.

        Daniel Holtzclaw? I’d certainly call him a super predator.

        Dylan Roof and James Holmes? I’m inclined towards Mass Murderer. Still a damning label.

        I’d throw away the key or execute all those guys but Brock who I would give 15-20 years. Same with the Enron executives and Madoff. I’m a lifelong democrat but I don’t have to follow the party line on everything. I believe in severe punishment for violent crimes and crimes that defraud regular people (or their pension funds) in collective excess of $5 million.

        I’d focus on lifting people out of poverty with a higher minimum wage. One that is indexed to a metro area’s COLA. $15 is needed for NYC, Seattle, DC but not rural MS. I’d push to make community college free. I’d lean towards trade schools as well. I don’t think 4-year colleges need to be free but would like to reign in the cost explosion on public 4-year colleges somewhat. These policies should help create more educated workforce and better opportunity. They aren’t comprehensive but a start.

        As for crime and punishment. I would decriminalize marajuana possesion on the federal level. I would push for all police to have body cameras. I would push to double or triple the funds to local public defenders. So people get a better initial defense and we can revist those cases that pre-date DNA testing that we are now can scrutinize with more advance measures. I would create better programs to support those who have served there time to be reintroduced into society. I’ve heard a lot of cons get re-enter society and don’t have social security cards, IDs, etc… thats foolish.

        These things should over time decrease poverty as an excuse for crime, decrease innocent people getting jail time, and decrease desparation among ex-cons from returning to crime. But I would reign HELL FIRE over those who are convicted of violent crimes no matter what their skin tone. And I wouldn’t take bullshit like guys on parole cutting off their GPS ankle tags. GTFO…

        • Um, the block quotes on the section I was responding to somehow didn’t take. My personal response begins with “I would certainly call Brock Turner a sexual predator”. The words above that are the passage I was responding to.

        • Accountering

          You sound like a better option for President than our other two options.

        • No issue with the policies that you have outlined but my comment was more geared to why people take offense to Hillary’s sexual predator comment as caphillnative touched on as well.

        • You said a lot of words to deflect from our criticism of the prejudicial use of the term “Super predator” vs. your argument against the interest political correctness. It is usually an indicator of an unwillingness to admit that you have prejudices that you are not willing to admit to yourself or others yet. I hope you get there.

          • Yeah I picked up on that as well and I didn’t even want to go there on this lovely Friday but all of the extra commentary seemed like the typical rhetoric to say see “I’m a just and equal guy because I stand for XYZ & ABC” although none of that had anything to do with the super predator comment that he agrees with but anyway the Finals are on tonight and I am looking for a new place on Yelp to hit up.

          • Seems rather ad hominem of you.

          • @Paul So we can discuss whether a human should be called a super predator but we can’t discuss the motives of a human that argues that we should? Why, because it is said directly to them, instead of on an article about them? What is the difference here? “Ad Hominem” is another deflection relied on by people who don’t want to be held accountable to their personal prejudices. Are you interested in progress or are you interested in your thoughts being “correct”?

          • Getting beyond the whole political platform espoused at the end he clearly stated that he’s OK to assert strong labels to people for their criminal/deviant actions. Not for the race, gender or orientation but their serious lawbreaking actions. Sexual predator, Super Predator, Mass Murderer, etc.. He even demonstrated ire towards serious white collar crime. Yet you show tunnel vision and conveniently reduce his argument to racial prejudice and call that “progress”. And anyway you cut it your last sentence from your 2:13pm comment was meant to belittle.

          • You fell into the trap of his many words, forgetting this statement “But somehow political correctness means we coddle everyone – especially criminals.” Reducing the angst of the term “Super Predator” to being about political correctness. Which he never addressed. Also, sincerely hoping that all white people can self examine what prejudices they have so that they can actively work to remove the filter from their actions is the first step to progress, particularly from “progressive” whites. Asking that directly is not to belittle, it is to ask (or to hope, as I did above). But it seems some will do anything to avoid such a task, like claiming that the ask was insincere. Trust me, it is a sincere ask, every time. We all have prejudices, every person, we must be honest with ourselves before anything can be done about it. If you claim you don’t you are part of the problem.

      • I’m all for calling those folks “super predators” but I’m still compelled to call Pitt one too, no matter his race.

        There are people who cross into a totally different category by repeatedly showing disconnect and disdain for society and others, and this must be treated differently than one-time or isolated offenses who still have a shred of guilt to be built on..

  • Ally

    This happened on my street. I sure hope he gets some karma dealt out to him while he’s in prison. Thoughts are with the victim and her family, who understandably moved after this incident.

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