October 26, 2016
Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
(CF2-137-15) Hon. Neal E. Kravitz, Trial Judge
Murray, Public Defender Service, with whom Samia Fam and
Mikel-Meredith Weidman, Public Defender Service, were on the
brief, for appellant.
H. Han, Assistant United States Attorney, with whom Channing
D. Phillips, United States Attorney, and Elizabeth Trosman,
John P. Mannarino, and Thomas N. Saunders, Assistant United
States Attorneys, were on the brief, for appellee.
BEFORE: GLICKMAN and BLACKBURNE-RlGSBY, Associate Judges; and
PRYOR, Senior Judge.
case came to be heard on the transcript of record and the
briefs filed, and was argued by counsel. On consideration
whereof, and as set forth in the opinion filed this date, it
is now hereby
and ADJUDGED that the trial court's denial of
appellant's motion to suppress is reversed.
William C. Pryor, Senior Judge
a stipulated trial, appellant was convicted of the unlawful
possession of a firearm and related charges. On appeal,
appellant contends that the police lacked reasonable,
articulable suspicion to stop and frisk him, and that the
trial court thus erred in denying his motion to suppress. We
agree and reverse.
winter afternoon in January 2015, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.,
the complaining witness entered one of eight buildings on
Columbia Road, Northwest, Washington, comprising the Columbia
Heights Village (CHV) apartment complex. The complex has 400
units. As the complaining witness was entering the building,
he saw two black males standing together. One of the two
persons followed him inside and, while brandishing a weapon,
demanded money. The complainant ...