Domestic Violence Defendant Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping

A domestic violence defendant in a 2021 case pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

Keshard Rando, 20, was initially charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence for an incident that occurred on Nov. 20, 2021. He pleaded guilty during a June 2 hearing to kidnapping.

The prosecutor detailed during the hearing how the November incident played out. On Nov. 20, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m. a Metropolitan Police Department officer responded to an apartment on the 4600 block of Livingston Road, SE, due to reports of gunshots and a baby crying.

According to court documents, Rando had a domestic dispute that escalated when the victim and her child attempted to leave. Rando assaulted the two while trying to prevent them from leaving the area and discharged the gun during this altercation. The victims were eventually able to flee. 

Rando is scheduled to be sentenced on August 24.