As the world becomes more digitized, so are the crimes committed. Recently a District teenager was convicted for a string of online robberies.
On Oct. 2, it was announced that Jarod Ingram, 17, was sentenced to 14-years for a series of armed robberies committed earlier this year. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu.
iPhones, such as the pictured iPhone 8, are increasingly being stolen from people. (Courtesy image)
Authorities said Ingram committed four robberies in less than three weeks. The victims met Ingram through the digital application, “OfferUp,” which permits users to buy or sell items. Ingram’s victims were interested in purchasing computers or iPhones that were listed on the site.
The first armed robbery took place at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20 on the 300 block of Taylor Street, N.E. The victim was robbed of $300 being carried to purchase an iPhone. The second crime took place at about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 on the 400 block of Taylor Street, with Ingram again taking $300.
On Feb. 5, two armed robberies took place. One happened on the 600 block of Riggs Road, N.E. where $500 was stolen from the victim and an iPhone was taken from her pre-school son’s hands. The other occurred on the 4900 block of Third Street., N.W., where $250 was stolen.
Ingram was caught and arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department the following day.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, which serves as the prosecutors for major crimes in the District, charged Ingram as an adult because of the nature of the crimes. He pled guilty in April in D.C. Superior Court to armed robbery and firearm offenses.
On Sept. 29, D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge Thomas J. Motley sentenced Ingram to 14 years imprisonment and to five years’ of supervised release at the completion of his incarceration.
Kathy Henderson, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5 and avid supporter of law enforcement and the D.C. police told the AFRO on Oct. 8 that she is not surprised about the type of crimes that Ingram committed. “People are set up to be robbed all the time,”
Henderson said. “You go on Craiglist to purchase something from someone and you may get robbed and assaulted. That is unfortunately common.”
Nevertheless, Henderson said people can defend themselves. “The D.C. police have set up safe zones where people can conduct business like that in a safe manner,” she said. “Other than that, I would not do it. It would be better to use Amazon or some other site like that to get things. It’s a risky proposition to do business like that. I say just don’t do it.”