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Posted at 5:22 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Guilty plea in Facebook burglary case

By Keith L. Alexander
Keith L. Alexander

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.

By Keith L. Alexander  | February 22, 2011; 5:22 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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So the dude who pwned Marc Fisher on Fb just got pwned himself, eh?

Can't really complain about that.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 22, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

This is one of those dumbest burglar episodes. Most of these guys are stupid. Thank goodness....

Posted by: hritewing | February 22, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

This was possibly the dumbest criminal ever. What a tool...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 22, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

why did fisher's kid have $400 laying around? hmm...

Posted by: slick3 | February 22, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHA, what a DOPE! Peace out, idiot.

Posted by: Kelso4 | February 23, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Marc Fisher is a whiny weasel. The only reason his story made the WaPost website is because he is a former employee.

Fisher could not stand the existence of Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Tech. and slammed the school and its students in a most repugnant manner. If Fisher was a secure and intelligent person, he would not abuse his role as a "reporter" (a term I use loosely) to slam teenagers who got into a school on their own merit--not by who their parents are or how much money they have. But that concept is lost on such a pathetic person.

What goes around, comes around.

Posted by: thisnewocean | February 23, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Fishers kid could have money hanging from the ceiling if he wanted to. The money was in his family house. Regardless, Knight should not have been in the house uninvited taking somethings that was not his. How is somebody going to fault the victim.

Posted by: justmyopinion49 | February 23, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

So, he was running around with a gun with only 2 bullets? LOL! I hope he gets locked up for just being a fool!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 23, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Re thisnewocean, TJHS, and karmic b!tchdom:

Guess I missed this Marc Fisher piece that allegedly slammed TJHS magnet students. Got a link?

It certainly seems a bit plausible given the stale anti-magnet sentiment you often find in the Post's "education journalism" coverage and reader feedback feeding frenzy.

"So, he was running around with a gun with only 2 bullets?"--PublicEnemy1

Fool, when I used to carry too much ammo, my pants would fall down on me. While running away from the po-po, I unwittingly pantsed myself in alleys all over the DMV.

thuggin' + '90s/'00s saggin'
== self-pantsing disaster

thuggin' + '10s skinny jeans + ammo belt accessories
== 21st C. thug chic + hyper-mobility, yo

--troll4life, FedUpInMoCoWitDaPoPo

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 23, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse


Regardless of what you think of Marc Fisher as a journalist, how can you compare his writing of an article to a criminal act committed against him and his family? "What goes around comes around" -- are you kidding me? You've clearly never had something like this happen to you. I have and it's very disturbing. Someone has come into your home and helped themselves to your things, and all you can think is, "What if they come back while my family is home? Will they hurt us? Will they kill us?"

Fisher's son was the first home, and he discovered the crime. What might have happened if he came home while the burglary was in progress? We know that Rodney White Jr. carries a loaded pistol -- if he was startled, might he have shot Fisher's son? Remember what happened to Sean Taylor? Those guys only intended to rob the house, then they were startled by Taylor and he ended up being killed.

Luckily for everyone involved, this ended without violence. Unfortunately for the Fishers, their feeling of safety and peace within their own home has probably been lost for good. I have no opinions of Marc Fisher as a journalist, but I wouldn't wish this experience on ANYONE, whether I agreed with their opinion/politics or not.

You should stop and think before you post something stupid. Try putting yourself in someone else's place before you shoot off your mouth. And you should learn the difference between a "reporter" and a "columnist". Marc Fisher is a columnist and is paid to write his opinion.

Posted by: right-to-self-defense | February 24, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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