Pot robbery turns to chase that turns to murder
A D.C. jury convicted two men of murder this week in a case that involved a marijuana robbery in Charles County, a high-speed getaway into Washington, and a five-shot ambush of the robbery victim along a street in Southeast Washington, authorities said.
The two men convicted in the crimes, Antwon O. Blades, 20, and Rashar Smith, 21, both of Waldorf, face at least 30 years in prison. The two were also found guilty of armed robbery.
The incident took place Jan. 19, 2009, when Blades robbed Francis Warren, 22, of pot and fled in a car driven by Smith.
Warren chased Smith and Blades, who "used evasive tactics to get away," the U.S. attorney's office in the District said in a statement.
Warren called a friend, telling him what had happened, and got the friend in on the chase, which now headed into the District, authorities said.
At some point, Blades and Smith stopped their car and managed to ambush Warren as he sat behind the wheel along 10th Place. They fired five shots into the car. Warren was able to drive his car a short distance, then lost consciousness and lost control. His friend found him slumped over. The friend called 911 and waited for police.
On Tuesday, a jury convicted Blades and Smith of armed robbery, felony murder while armed and second-degree murder while armed. Blades will be sentenced July 23 and Smith will be sentenced July 30.
-- Dan Morse
May 13, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
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