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.