Update: Suspect in 2 Carjackings, U Street Robbery is in Jail

by Borderstan.com December 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm 1,399 2 Comments

Luis Gomez Photos Results U Street NW

The robbery on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. was in front of Results Gym at 1612 U Street NW, a very busy location, particularly on a Saturday afternoon. (Luis Gomez Photos)

You may remember this story from November 24: “16th & U Robbery Suspect Was Free Pending Carjacking Trial.”

To summarize, there was a robbery in front of 1612 U Street NW (Results the Gym) on November 21 around 1 p.m. Just minutes later, the police arrested two guys for the crime.

According to the police, the suspects had just carjacked the car they were driving–before robbing the woman on U Street. The rest of the story is that one of the two guys had been arrested for carjacking in DC–and had been released on bail pending trial.

Then, after asking around I found out that carjacking does not automatically put you in jail until your trial. You can get out on bail. That’s the law in DC.

I followed up with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to find out about the two suspects in the U Street robbery. I was particularly interested in the one suspect who had committed a carjacking and then be released on bail.

According to a Community Prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, that particular suspect is being held pending trial: “Our office will oppose any request for release pending trial,” the prosecutor said. (Remember that DC does not have its own courts system; we are part of the federal courts.)

I am waiting to find out about the second suspect in the November 21 carjacking and robbery: in jail or out on bail? This is DC, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is out on bail.

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