District man sentenced to 24 years for series of theft of female customer in Gallery Place restaurants, bars

A 50-year-old District man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday for a series of robberies from patrons of restaurants, bars and cafes in the busy Northwest neighborhoods of Gallery Place and Chinatown.

D. C. Superior Court Judge Florence Pan sentenced Winston Jackson after a jury found him guilty in May of robbery, theft and credit card fraud for seven separate incidents between Sept. 15, 2011 and Jan. 24, 2012.

Prosecutors had argued Jackson preyed on women who were patrons of the Gallery Place area establishments. Prosecutors said Jackson requested to be seated next to the women at tables and would place his jacket or bag next to the woman to conceal his actions, often approaching his victims from behind.

Jackson was arrested in January.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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