ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a District of Columbia man and woman Friday on charges of robbery, carjacking, and possession of a firearm during crimes of violence.
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Douglas Damon Whitley, 39, and Kendal Robinson, 35, followed a Peloton delivery van in another vehicle into a 7-11 parking lot in Fairfax on August 25, 2021. Whitley got out of the vehicle driven by Robinson and entered the delivery van from the passenger side where he pulled a Tec 9 from his bag and ordered the driver out of the van. The van was found in Maryland stripped of the Peloton bikes several days later. Surveillance footage from the surrounding commercial establishments captured the crime.
Whitley faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 7 years in prison when sentenced on May 24. Robinson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on May 24. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division; and Kevin Davis, Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema accepted the verdict.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Walutes, Jr. is prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:21-cr-227.