Maryland man accused of impersonating Vince Young held in D.C. jail

The Fort Washington man who authorities say impersonated backup Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young and took $2,500 from a woman was ordered held in the D.C. jail Thursday while Texas authorities decide whether to send for him.

D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Karen Howze ordered Stephan A. Pittman, 33, held through Tuesday, when Texas authorities are to decide whether to extradite him on charges that he violated the terms of his probation from a 2009 sexual assault in Dallas.

If Texas officials do not extradite Pittman, another hearing will be held Wednesday in Superior Court. In that case, Howze said, Pittman would be released on the conditions that he undergo drug and alcohol treatment, keep off the streets from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and stay away from the alleged victim and the 200 block of I Street SW.

Each time the judge asked Pittman whether he understood the conditions of the release, he replied, “Yes ma’am.”

According to court records, Pittman stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 210 pound, as tall but not as heavy as the Eagles say Young is. Pittman was charged with first-degree felony fraud in connection with a June interaction in which he allegedly told a District woman he met online that he was Young and wanted the woman to become involved with his foundation.

During a subsequent in-person meeting, Pittman allegedly told the woman that the foundation would provide shoes and clothing to children in the victim’s community. He asked her to donate $5,000, according to court records, and promised her a salary for three years and donations to children in her neighborhood.

The woman told Pittman that she did not have $5,000, according to court documents, and Pittman then asked for $2,500. The two wrote up an agreement, and the woman gave Pittman the money, authorities said.

Sometime later, authorities said, the victim tried to contact Pittman but was unable to reach him. When she called a representative for Young, she was told that the man she met was not Young.

Pittman was arrested Sept. 23 in Temple Hills.

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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