October 2012 Robbery at Ace Check Cashing Results in 4 Year Sentence

Ace check cashing at 3663 Georgia Avenue, from flickr user rockcreek.

Ace check cashing at 3663 Georgia Avenue, from flickr user rockcreek.

When reading the daily crime reports, as many residents do, it is easy to wonder what if anything ever happens to those arrested committing crimes. Yesterday afternoon the 4D listserv posted the release below about a robbery that happened on the corner of Georgia Avenue and New Hampshire on October 6, 2012. It references a check cashing establishment which can only be the Ace at  3663 Georgia Avenue.

I found the report to be more detailed than most and, as it happened in the neighborhood, it will also be of interest to many.

District Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

For Robbery at Check Cashing Store

-With Help From Witnesses, Police Made Quick Arrest-

WASHINGTON – Michael Mitchell, 41, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a four-year prison term after earlier pleading guilty to robbing a check cashing store in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Mitchell pled guilty to a robbery charge in December 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He previously was convicted of multiple violent and theft-related offenses dating to the 1990s. He was sentenced by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz. Following his prison term, Mitchell will be placed on three years of supervised release.

According to the government’s evidence, Mitchell entered a check cashing store at Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues NW at about 9:35 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2012. At the time, six other customers waited in line, including the victim. After entering the store, he approached the victim, an immigrant to the United States who worked two jobs as a nursing assistant and was in the store to send money home to her family in Uganda. Mitchell then grabbed the victim’s purse and an envelope containing money for her family.

The victim fought back and Mitchell ripped the items from her hands and ran out of the store. Multiple eyewitnesses came to the victim’s aid and helped her chase after her attacker, keeping him in sight. Members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) were called and caught Mitchell fleeing in the 3500 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the MPD officers and detectives who investigated the case, as well as the citizens who came forward to assist the victim. He also thanked Paralegal Assistant Todd McClelland and Intelligence Specialist Sharon Johnson for their work on this case. Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Selden, from the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who prosecuted the case.


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