Man pleads guilty to robbing Springfield jewelry story and carjackings

One of two suspects arrested in May of last year in connection with a hold-up at a jewelry store in the Springfield area has pleased guilty to robbery and and several other crimes in connection with that

William Franklin

William Franklin
Photo: Charles County MD Sheriffs Office


William Franklin, 25 of Waldorf, has pleded guilty to robbery, malicious wounding, attempted capital murder of a police officer, two counts of carjacking, hit and run, use of a firearm during a felony and two counts of use of a firearm during a felony for a second or subsequent time.

The robbery took place at the Dubai Jewelers at 7041 Brookfield Plaza on May 21, 2016. As one of the robbers exited the jewelry store he fired a handgun at a  Fairfax County police officer who had arrived on the scene. That suspect then hijacked a car and crashed it at Spring Village Drive and Hampton Creek Way. He then carjacked another vehicle, crashing this one in the 7600 block of Hooes Road. He then fled on foot.

Franklin was arrested at his home in Waldorf two days later.

The second suspect, 26-year-old, Jasminder Sethi, also of Waldorf, was arrested at about the same time at an airport in Newark, New Jersey.




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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.