WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man who attacked and robbed someone last year at the Deanwood Metro station has been sentenced to two years in prison, say court officials.
Eighteen-year-old Zachary Pollard of Washington D.C. was found guilty in April 2013 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Tuesday, a judge sentenced him to 51 months in prison, but suspended all but 24 months of the prison time. After serving time in prison, he will be placed on three years of supervised release, say officials.
Evidence presented in court showed Pollard and an accomplice approached the victim at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2012 near the Metro station on Polk Street NE. Pollard pulled out a gun and pointed it in the man's face while the accomplice threw the victim to the ground. Pollard then took the victim's wallet, which contained credit cards and $11. The victim told the station manager about the robbery, and the manager called Metro Transit Police.
Less than 10 minutes later and about a half mile from the Deanwood station, a Metro Transit Police officer spotted a man who matched the description given for a police lookout, according to evidence. The officer stopped Pollard, who was eating an apple pie from a fast food restaurant. Other officers arrived on the scene and without having been told what had been taken in the robbery or the reason why he had been stopped, Pollard told them, "Man, I didn't rob nobody for no $11." Officers recovered $9 in cash from Pollard.
At the time of the robbery, Pollard was free on personal recognizance before trial for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and other charges. Government's evidence showed Pollard was caught on Oct. 14, 2012 in a car in Southeast D.C. hours after it was stolen. He tried to flee from police who tried to make a traffic stop and crashed the car into a curb. He then fled on foot before he was finally caught, according to evidence.
Pollard pleaded guilty to charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, and destruction of property in that case. Wednesday he was sentenced to nine months of incarceration for charges to run consecutively to the sentence in the robbery case. Pollard was ordered to pay $1,945 in restitution to the victim.