D.C. man is convicted in transgender attack case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's office says a jury has convicted a 25-year-old D.C. man for assault with intent to rob in a case involving a transgender woman.

Authorities said in a news release that Russell Brock-Smith faces an enhanced sentence of up to life in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 20 because of multiple prior convictions for crimes of violence.

The jury returned the verdict on Friday.

Prosecutors say Brock-Smith tried to take the victim's purse on Aug. 1 when she was walking in the 1400 block of Buchanan Street, NW. He then pulled her hair, punched her and tried to pull her into an alley.

Authorities say the victim chased after the man and was able to take a photo of him before calling police.