Guilty plea in Facebook burglary case
A Southeast man Tuesday pled guilty to second-degree burglary in connection with a December break-in of a Northwest home during which he posted a photograph of himself on the victim's own Facebook page.
Police identified Rodney Knight Jr. as the suspect weeks after Washington Post editor Marc Fisher detailed the robbery of his D.C. home. Fisher also posted a photo from his son's Facebook account in which the burglar, later identified as Knight, posted a picture of himself wearing Fisher's stolen coat and holding up cash.
Prosecutors said Knight stole about $400 in cash, along with the coat and two laptop computers.
Knight, 19, also pled guilty to one count of carrying a pistol without a license, a case prosecutors said was unrelated to the burglary. Knight was arrested on Jan. 2, after police observed him in an alley in the 2800 block of Dunbar St. SE clutching his waistband and running. The pistol was loaded with one round in the chamber and one in the magazine, according court documents.
Knight has been in D.C. jail since the January arrest. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4 by Judge Anthony C. Epstein.
Keith L. Alexander
| February 22, 2011; 5:22 PM ET
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