DC – US v Class – Details of the Case

Filed by the Prosecution

04/03/2014 50  MOTION for 404(b) Evidence by USA as to RODNEY CLASS

The Present Case

On May 30, 2013, at approximately 12:33 p.m., United States Capitol Police officers were in the area of 200 Maryland Avenue S.W., an area designated as United States Capitol Grounds. The officers observed a Blue 2006 Jeep Rubicon bearing North Carolina plate number ABC2596 parked in a permit only parking zone with no issued permit displayed. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the officers saw various weapons in plain view within the passenger compartment.

In addition, the officers noticed a knife with a long blade in a case attached to the overhead roll-cage of the vehicle above the driver’s seat, a knife with a black handle to the right of the driver’s seat, numerous holsters in the driver’s side door, and at least two batons located in the rear compartment of the vehicle. The officers called for a K9 sweep of the vehicle due to its suspicious nature. The K9 sweep of the vehicle yielded negative results. At approximately 1:21 p.m., the defendant approached the vehicle and told the officers that the vehicle belonged and was registered to him. The officers frisked the defendant for weapons, but none were recovered. The defendant stated that he had no weapons on him, but that there were three firearms located inside the vehicle. The defendant was placed under arrest and his vehicle was impounded.

Officers applied for and received a warrant to search the Jeep. During a search pursuant to this warrant, law enforcement officers recovered a 9mm Ruger pistol, .44 caliber Henry rifle, .44 caliber Taurus rifle, three axes, 14 assorted knives (including one machete and one switchblade), 173 rounds of .44 ammunition, and 58 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

The defendant has been indicted on one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm on Capitol Grounds or Buildings, in violation of 40 U.S.C. § 5104(e)(1), and one count of Carrying a Pistol, in violation of 22 D.C. Code §4504(a).