- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2011

A D.C. teenager has been convicted of robbing and assaulting a woman near a downtown Metro station, authorities said Wednesday.

Fidel Quintanilla, 18, was found guilty Tuesday of attacking a woman late on Dec. 19, as she was walking to the Farragut West Metro station. The woman was crossing K Street at Connecticut Avenue Northwest when a juvenile came up from behind her and tried to grab her bags. She resisted, and the juvenile knocked her to the ground and punched her head repeatedly.

When she screamed for help, Quintanilla attacked her, trying to pull away her purse and hitting her on an arm. He grabbed her cellphone from her hand, police said.

A passing driver saw the thug flee and assisted the woman. They drove around the area and spotted the defendant, walking alone, a couple of blocks from the site of the attack. They called the police and then followed Quintanilla as he walked north on Connecticut Avenue and was joined by two juveniles, one of whom police said was a second attacker.

Police arrested the three individuals. Officers said when they stopped Quintanilla, he tossed the woman’s cellphone. He was also carrying two other cellphones, one of which had been taken in a robbery of a pregnant woman an hour earlier, police said. The third phone, an iPhone, had been stolen from a vehicle in November. Authorities said Quintanilla had been using the iPhone to call, text, and take pictures even while he continued receiving emails intended for the phone’s owner.

Quintanilla faces 18 to 60 months in prison for the robbery charge and additional time for the other offenses when he is sentenced on June 28, under the court’s voluntary sentencing guidelines.

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