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2 DC men behind 2016 crime spree convicted, face decades in prison

WASHINGTON — The jury trial is over with multiple convictions for two armed robbers whose crime spree around D.C. two years ago touched at least a half dozen lives and even left one woman seriously injured.

Dacquan Gregory, 20, and David Sutton, 22, both of D.C., were found guilty Tuesday of multiple charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle to commit a crime of violence stemming from events on Aug. 30, 2016 that began around 3:55 p.m.

It was a case that led former D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier to declare that the city’s criminal justice system was broken, because the crime spree occurred while Gregory was supposed to be wearing a court-ordered ankle bracelet.

Gregory and Sutton, who were 18 and 20 at the time, started off by stealing a vehicle they found running in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. Driving to locations in Fort Totten and Takoma in Northwest D.C., the two men robbed three people at gunpoint.

A fourth intended victim in Mount Rainer, Maryland, turned out to be a former police officer, who wrestled a gun away from one of the men before they sped off, their car running red lights and stop signs through D.C. neighborhoods.

The crime rampage collapsed around 5:35 p.m., when the men’s stolen vehicle crashed into a car driven by a woman, who subsequently spent weeks in the hospital after having her spleen, gallbladder and part of her liver removed.

When sentenced on Oct. 26, each of the men could get between 15 and over 30 years in prison.


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