Indictment in Nine Year Old Cold Case

Indictment in Nine Year Old Cold Case

            WASHINGTON – Dawayne Joseph Spriggs, 37, of Washington D.C. and Prince George’s County, Maryland, was arraigned today on charges stemming from a 2014 cold case involving a stranger sexual assault, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Acting Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            According to court documents, on July 6, 2014, Spriggs encountered the victim near the Minnesota Ave. Metro station at approximately 1 a.m. He followed her and physically and sexually assaulted her in an alley. After the assault was over, the victim reported the offense to police and obtained a sexual assault examination, including a rape kit. The evidence was timely tested for DNA in 2014 and was entered into a national database. In 2016, the database reported a match between the DNA profile obtained from the rape kit and another sexual assault offense that had been reported in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in 2013. In 2023, detectives with MPD’s Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit obtained a lead as to the assailant’s identity that led them to lawfully collect DNA samples from defendant Spriggs. These DNA samples were tested by both law enforcement entities and resulted in a match to both rape kits.

            On September 13, 2023, a District of Columbia Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Spriggs in the D.C. cold case with two counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse and two counts of Third Degree Sexual Abuse. If convicted, Spriggs faces a maximum penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of $125,000, followed by not less than five years’ supervised release, and would be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his lifetime. Trial is scheduled to begin on October 12, 2023, before the Honorable Michael O’Keefe.

            The defendant is also currently charged by criminal complaint in Anne Arundel County for unrelated offenses reported in Maryland in 2013.

            This case was brought as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia’s Cold Case Sexual Assault Initiative and investigated by MPD’s Sexual Assault Unit. In February 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia created the Cold Case Sexual Assault Initiative.  The goal of the Initiative is to collaborate with law enforcement partners to reinvestigate, solve and bring charges in previously unsolved cases of sexual assault against adults and juveniles. The Cold Case Initiative works with the MPD, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, and state and local law enforcement agencies in the DMV area.

            This case is being investigated by the MPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Platt and Amy Zubrensky.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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