Man Who Committed Two Sexual Assaults in Dupont Circle Area Sentenced to Eleven Years in Jail | Crime
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Brandon B. Petty, 26, was sentenced today to eleven years in jail, followed by 20 years of supervised release, in connection with two sexual assaults of women he met through Craigslist, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Petty, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty July 30, 2010, to one count of assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse and one count of attempted first degree sexual abuse while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
According to the government’s evidence, the first incident occurred on Sept. 8, 2009 at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel north of Dupont Circle. Petty contacted the victim through an ad she was running for adult services on Craigslist. After making arrangements to meet, he arrived at her hotel room shortly after 7 p.m. Inside the room, he grabbed the victim by the hair, placed a knife to her neck and demanded money. He then forced her to the floor and told her to perform oral sex. The incident was interrupted by the victim’s friend, who began to bang at the door from the hallway. As a result, Petty fled from the room.
The victim and her friend spotted him a short time later near Dupont Circle and called 9-1-1. When Petty heard the police sirens, he ran.
He was apprehended by officers of the Metropolitan Police Department after a short chase.
The second incident occurred April 21, 2010 at the Hilton Washington Hotel, also north of Dupont Circle. Petty contacted another victim, also through an ad she was running for adult services on Craigslist. After making arrangements to meet, he arrived at her hotel room shortly after 3 p.m. Inside the room, he grabbed the victim by the hair, placed a knife to her neck and demanded money. He then forced the victim to the floor and forced her to perform oral sex.
Afterward, he fled from the room. Later that day, after reporting the incident to hotel security and the Metropolitan Police Department, the victim positively identified Petty from a series of photographs that were shown to her by the police. A subsequent examination of DNA evidence and cellular phone records, as well as surveillance video from the hotel, all helped to link the defendant to the crime.
In addition to his incarceration, after his release the defendant will be supervised by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for a period of 20 years. He will also be required under District of Columbia law to register for life as a sex offender.
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