Man Linked to String of Armed Robberies of Construction Workers: DC Police

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D.C. police arrested A particular person They are saying is linked to over a dozen armed robberies that focused enchancmalest staff throughout Washington, D.C. Virtually All of the sufferers have been of Hispanic descent, Based mostly on charging paperwork.

Antonio Ussery, 26, was arrested Saturday afternoon, after an tried armed theft of two staff at a enchancmalest website in Northeast D.C.

Detectives linked Ussery to A minimal of 19 robberies that Occurred between October and January in Northwest, Northeast and Southeast, police said.

In A lot of the robberies, Ussery approached the sufferers On the web websites or shut to them whereas they have been working or on their breaks, pointed his gun On them, and demanded their property, Usually asking for money, Based mostly on charging paperwork.

Then, he would take the sufferers’ money, pocketss, celltelephones and/or againpacks earlier than fleeing.

A pair of of the alleged robberies Occurred at enchancmalest web websites shut to alleys and vans, or at houses beneathgoing renovations.

The suspect stole as a lot as $2,000 in money from staff By way of the robberies, Based mostly on the paperwork. In a quantity of circumstances, The particular person additionally allegedly took the sufferers’ IDs and work permits, regardless of their pleas to Permit them To primarytain them.

Most of the sufferers needed interpreters and recounted the robberies to detectives in Spanish, Based mostly on charging paperwork.

Inside The primary of 20 incidents, three staff reported in late October thOn they have been at a enchancmalest website in Northeast D.C. when A particular person approached Definitely one of manym from behind and demanded “money, money, money” whereas pointing a gun.

Days later at A particular website in Northeast, the sufferers said A particular person pointed a black gun On them, took their pocketss and celltelephones and informed them, “Don’t transfer. Do You’d like to transfer, I’ll kill you,” earlier than working away.

A pair of of the sufferers described the fear they felt By way of the assaults. In an incident in early November, a worker who had been digging a hole in The beneathfacet when he was ambushed said he was so sautomotiveed after being grabbed by the neck and robbed at gunpoint that he stayed in The opening for A minimal of 20 minutes.

Others said they waited to report the robberies As a Outcome of of how terrified, shocked or anxious they have been.

Some sufferers informed detectives they tried to Adjust to the suspect after the robberies, however he managed To flee.

One sufferer informed police he had simply acquiredten off Of labor and was opening his automotive to get warmth when he all of a sudden felt a gun Alongside facet his head, the paperwork said. The suspect and two completely different males went through his car and grabbed his telephone and pockets. The sufferer pleaded, “Depart me my papers, take my money.” The three males refused and acquired away Collectively with his possessions, together with his driver’s license and work allow, the paperwork said.

In December, a Staff said they have been Engaged on the kitchen and Entrance room space of a refacetnce beneath enchancmalest when a suspect entered The house through the rear door and pointed a weapon On them.

The suspect then allegedly grabbed Definitely one of many staff, caught the handgun to his again and said, “Don’t transfer, give me your pockets or I’ma kill you,” the paperwork said. He ordered ancompletely different sufferer to “give me your pockets or Imma shoot.” The staff complied and the suspect fled.

On Jan. 15, two enchancmalest staff informed investigators A particular person, later recognized as Ussery, tried to rob them at an unoccupied refacetnce in Northeast D.C. however they have been In a place To primarytain the suspect down, Based mostly on charging paperwork. Definitely one of the staff suffered a gunshot wound to his hand.

The sufferers informed detectives Ussery entered The house with a semi-automated weapon whereas they have been working and demanded money, the paperwork said.

Definitely one of the staff handed over his pockets however requested the robber to let him primarytain his ID. While Ussery was wanting through the pockets, the worker grabbed the barrel of the suspect’s firearm and wrestled with Ussery, making each of them fall to The beneathfacet whereas stopping for the possession of the firearm, paperwork said. All through the wrestle, Ussery was In a place To firefacet one shot whereas the worker was nonetheless primarytaining the gun barrel.

A second worker grabbed Ussery, which allowed The primary worker To tug the gun out of Ussery’s hand, Based mostly on the charging paperwork.

The worker said he stood up After which informed Ussery, “Don’t transfer or I’ll shoot you.” The suspect tried to run away, However the staff managed to restrain him and name 911.

Ussery was taken into custody and informed detectives he was strolling from his girlfriend’s house in The world when he found the gun on The beneathfacet and took it, the paperwork state.

He claimed he entered the refacetnce, which he said he thought was unoccupied, and was approached by Definitely one of many staff, who requested him what he was doing earlier than the wrestle ensued.

He additionally informed police he had been employed as a enchancmalest worker however Desired to give up his job 4 or 5 months in the past because his automotive broke down and he didn’t have ancompletely different Method of transportation.

Police linked Ussery to the robberies through surveillance footage And footage from the crime scenes, As properly as to sufferers’ descriptions of the suspect.

Ussery has been charged with a quantity of counts of armed theft, assault with a dangerous weapon, housebreaking and gun-associated offenses.

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