<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:03:58 -0400 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:03:58 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Storms Suspend Rescue Attempt of Rock Climber]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007694996_1200x675_323900995749.jpg Montgomery County crews say the rock climber was trapped under a boulder on Offutt Island near Great Falls. He did not survive the accident.]]> <![CDATA[Sherwood High School Student Killed In Crash]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:41:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007693570_1200x675_323839043670.jpg A Montgomery County teenager and Sherwood High School student killed In crash. Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Cousin Charged in Death of Girl, 5]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:57:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sontera-apts-scene-083114.jpg

Dallas police have arrested and charged a family member with capital murder in the killing of a young girl found dead inside a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon.

The body of 5-year-old Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez was discovered inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sontera Palms Apartments in northeast Dallas, police said.

On Monday, police said Gonzalez's cousin, 17-year-old Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the girl's death.

Gonzalez had been playing outside of her aunt and uncles apartment with her sisters when she disappeared. She, along with her brothers and sisters, were being watched by their aunt and uncle while her parents were at work.

Police said as soon as neighbors in the community realized the girl was missing, many of them were quick to assist in the search for the missing girl — even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.  After officers arrived, many of the residents allowed officers to search their homes and cars for the missing child.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units.  Officers eventually discovered the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex, next door to Sanches-Zenteno's apartment.

Police said Monday that the Dallas County medical examiner said preliminary results of the autopsy indicate the girl's cause of death was strangulation.

A witness told police that he saw the girl walking with a person at about noon and that he had seen them together before the girl disappeared. That person in question, along with a number of other people, were taken to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning.

The investigation into the girl's death is ongoing. The Dallas Police Department asked for anyone with information on this offense to contact detectives at 214-275-1300.

Sanches-Zenteno is being held in the Dallas jail with no bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Gunmen Force Workers Into Fridge]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:44:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/red+lobster+kendall.jpg

A pair of masked gunmen stormed a Red Lobster in Kendall, Florida, and closed several employees in a restaurant refrigerator before taking off with $500 cash.

Workers at the Red Lobster at 11550 Kendall Drive were closing up the restaurant around just before midnight on Sunday when police say two armed men, their faces covered with either shirts or skullies, walked through the front door.

The men ordered the employees to surrender their cell phones, then pistol-whipped shift manager Edith Olivares, 52, and demanded she open the restaurant's safe, according to police.

The masked men also kicked 24-year-old bartender Leron Reid several times, then forced the employees into the store's refrigerator and made off with the cash, police said.

Once the coast was clear, employees were able to open the refrigerator door and call police.

While Olivares sustained several lacerations to the head, she will recover.

Red Lobster's general manager Neil Anderson said he and his employees are grateful no one was killed in the robbery and called the robbers "cowards."

"They're cowards. It's really cowardly to hit a 52-year-old lady with a pistol," he said. "She's a valued employee. A fantastic employee."

“Our thoughts are with the employees who were impacted by this terrible crime. Their recovery, the safety of our Kendall team and local guests is our No. 1 priority," a Red Lobster spokeswoman said in a statement. "We have taken steps to increase security presence at this location and we are actively partnering with the police on their investigation."

In the meantime, the Kendall Red Lobster is back open for business.

Now police need the public's help in identifying the armed robbers. They are described as one man with a thin build and another with a heavy build, both in their 30s, between 5 feet 8 inches and and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS(8477).

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed Mom to Death in NJ: PD]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:57:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/son+mom+murder.jpg

A 24-year-old man is in police custody after authorities say he stabbed his mother to death in New Jersey.

According to the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, Nicholas Piotti beat and stabbed his 63-year-old mother, Karen Piotti, killing her inside her home in Ho-Ho-Kus early Monday morning.

Piotti, who lived with his mother, was taken into police custody and was being evaluated at Bergen County Medical Center.

He is expected to be arraigned Monday, prosecutors said.

<![CDATA[2 Killed in Small Plane Crash in NH]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:17:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/North+Hampton+Crash+1.jpg

A plane has crashed in North Hampton, New Hampshire, killing two, town fire officials confirm.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirms two people were on board the Cessna 180.

New Hampshire State Police responded to the crash.

The FAA is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board is working to determine the cause of the crash.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

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<![CDATA[Market Basket CEO Visits Workers]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:16:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Arthur+T+Demoulas.jpg

Market Basket's newly reinstated CEO Arthur T. Demoulas told workers at a Chelsea, Massachusetts, supermarket that he is "forever grateful" Monday, days after he returned to helm the grocery chain following months of worker protests and boycotts triggered by his June ouster.

The man better known to supporters as Artie T. gave workers in Chelsea a lift as they restocked the store. He said the priority now, days after his $1.5 billion deal to buy the company, is to restore stores to customers' expectations, after months hampered by walkouts and empty shelves.

Demoulas reiterated his gratitude to the workers whose pressure helped return him to the helm, and said he is able to connect with his staff of 25,000 through hands-on experience and working together.

"We try to be good to one another and help each other out," Demoulas told workers. "We certainly saw that in the past six or seven weeks.

"I'll be forever grateful," he added.

Demoulas said his first order of business would be to say "thank you, millions of times over."

The turmoil that has roiled Market Basket all summer culminated late last week in Demoulas' deal to buy a majority stake in the company and in his return as CEO, to roars of support from the workers whose intense pressure, protests and walkouts had helped ensure it.

"I love you all," the told them Friday, just after the board controlled by a rival cousin accepted his $1.5 billion bid for a majority stake Thursday night.

Arthur T. had been ousted as CEO back in June by allies of his rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, sparking the two-month dispute, in which employee protests and customer boycotts left many stores and shelves empty.

When news broke that he had regained control of the company, hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at company headquarters in Tewksbury, where he spoke to them.

"I've always believed that we are born into this world at a certain time and a certain place to be with certain people for a reason and a purpose," he told the crowd there. "Everyone has a destiny, and because of you, I stand here with a renewed vigor and a sense of purpose."

The restoration of some Market Basket stores could take several weeks, Arthur T. told reporters Friday, but employees have been working around the clock since his reinstatement to restock empty shelves and reestablish ties with vendors.

Customers were found last week ready to shop once again.

“People are bringing in champagne bottles. Customers are bringing in balloons and donuts and food. It’s great. It's a great feeling,” Tewksbury store manager Mike Riley said.

"It's just a good feeling," said customer Cindy Stamp, whose son works in a Market Basket warehouse. "It's about food, but it's really not. It's about what he does for all our children and people that need jobs. I mean, that to me is the biggest. My son makes a living. Do you believe that? A living off of working in a warehouse. Who can say that?"

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<![CDATA[Car Plows Into Subway Sandwich Shop]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/car+into+subway+1.jpg

A car plowed through a sandwich shop early Sunday morning, critically injuring the driver and causing major damage to the building.

A driver ran a red light and crashed into Subway in the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue around 1:10 a.m., according to officials.

Police and paramedics found a red Honda Civic completely inside the restaurant. The wall was blown out, and shattered glass covered the sidewalk.

An ambulance rushed the driver to Scripps Mercy Hospital. At last update, he was in critical condition. The restaurant was empty at the time of the accident, and no one else was injured.

Officials tell NBC 7 alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

There is no word on how much the damage will cost to repair.

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Hurt in Carnival Ride Fall]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:53:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/elpas-ride-michaela-roman.jpg

Two teens were sent to a hospital after falling off a carnival ride at a church festival in El Paso Sunday night.

The two teens fell more than 12 feet from the ride at the Bazaar at Saint Anthony's Seminary after it became stuck, officials said.

Responders had to rescue another person from the ride.

Check back here for updates.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 9 Injured in SoCal Crash ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:47:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*128/LAgenerics+CHP+California+Highway+Patrol.jpg

A woman was killed and nine other people were injured a crash involving an overturned truck on the 5 Freeway in Castaic on Sunday.

The crash on the northbound 5 Freeway near Lake Hughes Road was reported around 2 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

All northbound lanes were reopened after the crash shut down two lanes for hours.

Details of the crash were not being released.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

An overturned truck blocked lanes after the collision involving three other vehicles.

A SigAlert was issued and the two right lanes of the freeway were expected to be closed for at least three hours for the crash investigation.

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<![CDATA[Hiker Killed After Being Pinned Under Boulder Identified]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:23:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/210*120/2014-09-01_1140.png

A hiker on Offutt Island in the Potomac River died Sunday after he was pinned under a large boulder, emergency officials said.

Rian Avarham Khalder, 25, had been hiking with his 14-year-old brother along the Potomac on the island near the Angler Inn boat ramp when he began to climb an area of rocks.

Some of the rocks gave way, Khalder fell and a large boulder came down on him, police said.

Montgomery County emergency services mounted a "technical rescue," including swift water boat teams. The rescue was made even more difficult as a line of severe storms moved through the area.

Khalder of Silver Spring, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Man Stabs, Kills Roommate: Cops]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:47:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/samuel+dulavoix.jpg

A Pompano Beach man has been charged with second-degree murder after stabbing his roommate to death Saturday night, authorities said.

Samuel Dulavoix, 22, was covered in blood when he answered the door to Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a disturbance call at 3208 Marine Drive just after 9 p.m., authorities said.

Officers spotted a pile of bloody blankets on top of a body, identified as that of Rahmil Alexander, 39, according to the BSO. The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled the case a homicide at the scene and said Alexander died of multiple stab wounds.

Dulavoix told homicide investigators that he and Alexander had been living together for about a year. He said they argued over money when Dulavoix stabbed the victim more than 25 times, police said. He later tried to clean up the scene and hide the body.

Dulavoix was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment to superficial cuts on his hands before being released to authorities. He is being held without bond and faces a charge of second-degree murder. It is unknown if Dulavoix has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[NoVa Students Prep for First Day of School Tuesday]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:50:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007693604_1200x675_323859523618.jpg Students in Northern Virginia head back to school on Tuesday, September 2nd. News4's Molett Green shows us how they're getting ready.]]> <![CDATA[Person Struck by DC Metro Train at Mt. Vernon Square Station]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:40:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro_train_generic_lovelorn.jpg

A DC Metro spokesperson said a person was struck by a train at the Mount Vernon Square station Sunday afternoon.

The spokesperson said it does appear to be intentional by the victim. They did not have an identity on the person, but did say it was an adult man who was hit.

The victim was transported to a local hospital.

Green and Yellow Line trains bypassed the Mt. Vernon station for a short time. Trains resumed service after the scene was cleared, but there are delays due to single track passage.

Passengers are encouraged to use the Gallery Place/Chinatown station.

<![CDATA[3 Hurt by Lightning at NYC Beach]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:45:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lightning+strike+orchard+beach+clothing+shredded.jpg

Three people are hospitalized in New York City with injuries from a lightning strike as heavy thunderstorms swept the tri-state, authorities say. 

The men were hurt at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx at about 5 p.m., and were being treated at Jacobi Medical Center, according to the FDNY. They did not appear to be seriously injured or physically burned. 

Telemundo identifies two of the victims as a father and son, 49 and 19 years old, who sought shelter under a tree during the storm. A friend of the family told the news station that the lightning hit the tree, then sent the men flying at least 10 feet. 

The friend showed the station photos of the victims' clothing that appeared to be shredded in parts from the lightning strike.

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Visitors at Orchard Beach said they weren't seriously concerned about the rain until they heard the thunder. 

"That crack of thunder and lightning came, and that's when everybody started to run away," said Cheryl Greenidge. 

Edgar Ayalla said he saw lightning hit either the beach or the water "like an explosion," and that debris was sent flying from that lightning strike. 

Elsewhere in the city, torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island. 

Traffic crawled on the Garden State Parkway in East Orange, where roads were flooded and emergency responders had to attend to a stranded driver, a traffic camera showed. 

Flooding on the Cross Bronx Expressway also caused long delays onto the George Washington Bridge. 

Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports all reported long delays as a result of the storm.

Another round of thunderstorms is expected in the area by Monday. Labor Day will be otherwise hot and humid. 

The last area thunderstorm broke records on Long Island, where the town of Islip saw more than 13 inches of rain fall in a matter of hours on Aug. 14. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

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<![CDATA[Homeless Man Beaten to Death]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:16:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic_thumbnail.jpg

A homeless man in Chicago was beaten to death on the city’s Northwest Side Saturday night, police said.

The man was in an alley in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood when two men exited a vehicle and began beating him, police said.

The men beat the victim’s head and body with their hands and feet, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 57-year-old Ernesto Garcia.

Police said the man appeared to be homeless.

"Regardless of whether he was homeless or not he's still human," said community activist Andrew Holmes. "A lot of these assaults that been taking place beating the homeless go unreported and the reason they go unreported is because they figure nobody cares, but we care, I care and we're just trying to find the individuals that beat this guy to death."

Holmes was patrolling the area Sunday afternoon hoping to find witnesses or see if surveillance cameras may have captured footage of the suspects.

"Each and every day someone is always picking on the homeless," Holmes said. "If they try to defend themselves they get jumped on, they get beat, they get assaulted... it shouldn't have gone this far."

Area residents say the attack was surprising for the community.

"It was so close to home," said Enrique Ruiz. "I thought nothing like this would happen around here."

Many in the area said Garcia frequently slept in the alley and was friendly those who lived nearby.

"People around here liked him," said resident George Bermudez. "He was really nice. I was shocked. I just said hi to him in the a.m., I didn't know someone I knew was going to die."

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<![CDATA[One Dead, 2 Hurt after Car Hits Tree, Pole, Box]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:37:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_515793581.jpg

UPDATE: One of the injured passengers died Sunday afternoon from his injuries. Shawn Richard Gangloff, 15, died at 12:30 p.m. after being hurt in a Saturday crash near Olney.


Three people were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Montgomery County.

Police said a car was traveling west on Hines Road when it left the roadway and hit a tree prior to Macduff Avenue. The car then hit a light pole, a telephone box, and rolled before coming to a stop.

The driver and a front-seat passenger were trapped in the vehicle. A rear-seat passenger was ejected from the car.

Police said all three were transported to hospitals with serious injuries. They said the ejected passenger has life-threatening injuries.

The driver is being identified as Austin Donovan Hall, age 17, of the 3400 block of Tanterra Circle in Brookeville. He was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The front-seat passenger is being identified as Maxwell Elliott Dechter, age 17, of the 800 block of Lindsey Manor Lane in Silver Spring. He was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The rear-seat passenger is being identified as Shawn Richard Gangloff, age 15, of the 17600 block of Princess Anne Drive in Olney. He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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<![CDATA[Two People Killed After SUV Hits Tree in Montgomery County]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:08:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_14588643.jpg

Two people were killed early Sunday morning after a crash in Montgomery County.

Police said an SUV traveling north on Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg left the road and hit a tree. Police said the vehicle overturned before coming to a rest.

Investigators said the driver and the front-seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The rear-seat passenger was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver is being identified as Thomas Christopher Collier, age 32, from Gaithersburg. The front-seat passenger is being identified as Daniel Lee Byron, age 26, also from Gaithersburg.

The rear-seat passenger, who was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, is being identified as Kobi Assaraf, age 26, from Rockville.

The circumstances of this collision remain under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Falling Tree Kills Grandfather, Injures 3 Children]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:55:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tree+falls+anapolis.jpg

A 75-year-old grandfather was killed Saturday when a tree fell on him while he was grilling in Howard County, Maryland.

Emergency crews arrived at the 2800 block of Daisy Road in Woodbine after getting a call about a man trapped under a tree. The victim was visiting Annapolis for the day for a family gathering, according to investigators.

Police say the victim's three grandchildren, ages 9, 10 and 16, were also injured by the falling tree. Two of the injured children were transported to Howard County General Hospital where they were treated and released.

The tree also caused extensive damage to four vehicles and the house. The home is uninhabitable due to a large hole in the roof.

Investigators said it appears the tree was rotten and gave way. While this incident is considered an freak accident, fire officials encourage residents who live within the "fall zone" of large trees to consult a professional tree service from time-to-time to assess the trees' health.

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services chaplain and the American Red Cross are helping the family.

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<![CDATA[Propane Tank Explodes in D.C. Apartment Building]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:47:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007691203_1200x675_323702851780.jpg Two families are looking for somewhere else to stay after a propane tank exploded in their apartment building Saturday night.]]> <![CDATA[Family of 4 Shot Dead in Home: Cops]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:00:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/elmhurst+2.jpg

An elderly couple and their two adult children were found shot to death Saturday in a home in west suburban Elmhurst, police said.

Joan Stack and Francis Stack, both 82, as well as Francis Stack Jr., 48, and Mary Stack, 57, were killed, officials said. A longtime neighbor described the children as disabled and their mother as ailing.

All four were shot in the head, the DuPage County Coroner's office said Sunday, citing preliminary information. Officials said Francis Stack had committed suicide and the other three were killed, and a death investigation is ongoing.

All four victims had visible gunshot wounds, and a weapon was recovered from the scene, police said.

Few details were released surrounding the deaths, but police at a news conference Saturday said officers were conducting a well-being check at a home in the 600 block of Chatam just before 7 p.m. when they discovered the victims dead inside the home. 

Longtime neighbor Pete Sterchele described the victims were an elderly couple and their two disabled children.

"[Frank] was in a very difficult situation," said Sterchele. "Two severely handicapped children, his wife with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. She was bed-ridden, the children had to be looked over 24 hours a day and Frank was losing mobility."

Police do not believe there is any immediate threat to the community, according to Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth.

Neighbors told NBC Chicago they saw armed police officers approaching the home Saturday evening.

Many in the community were shocked by the incident.

"They were great people," said neighbor Al Watson. "I mean, if you had a problem, you come over ,talk to [Frank], he could help you with about anything."

The Detective Section of the Elmhurst Police Department is investigating the incident, police said.

<![CDATA[1 Man Robs 2 Banks Back-to-Back]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:27:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dual-Bank-Robbery.jpg

A lone suspect may have been responsible for two back-to-back robberies at two different banks in the same Mira Mesa shopping center Saturday, officials said.

According to San Diego police, the robberies happened within minutes of each other, just before 12:30 p.m. One was at a North Island Credit Union at 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd., while the other was at a U.S. Bank at 9400 Mira Mesa Blvd. The banks are in the same shopping center, separated only by a small parking lot.

Police said an unknown man entered the North Island Credit Union first, approached a teller and verbally demanded cash. After receiving some money, he left the bank and popped into the U.S. Bank across the way, using the same strategy.

The man then fled the area on foot and was last seen heading westbound on Mira Mesa Blvd., police said.

No demand note or weapon was used in the robberies. Officer did not immediately locate the suspect. For now, the man is only described as 5-foot-6 with a heavy build. He wore a light grey hoodie, black hat and white gloves.

Though the robberies are under investigation, police are fairly certain the same suspect is responsible for both.

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<![CDATA[Drunk Federal Agent Arrested]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:15:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown_722x406_2202385257.jpg

A drunken federal agent was arrested in Burbank after allegedly pulling out a handgun and telling someone to follow him early Wednesday.

Officers responded to a report of a person brandishing a gun around 12:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East Santa Anita Avenue, according to a news release from the Burbank Police Department.

The victim told police that they were ordered by a “very” intoxicated man armed with a gun to follow him. After following the man for a short period, the victim ran away and was able to escape, officials said.

Police searched the area and found Andrew Leconte around 1 a.m. near San Fernando Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue, less than one mile away.

Investigators later learned that Leconte is an agent with the United States Marshals Service.

Leconte was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and brandishing a firearm, police said. Burbank police were investigating the incident.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Suspect in Sexual Assault of Woman]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:02:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Juan+Carlos+Lopez+Ramirez.jpg

Police said they have arrested a suspect in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old woman Wednesday night.

Prince William County police said Juan Carlos Lopez Ramirez, 23, was arrested Saturday afternoon. No details of the arrest were released.

The victim told police she was attacked Wednesday night as she walked in the area of Route 29 and the Gainesville Square Shopping Center. Police say a man approached her from behind, pushed her down the embankment and sexually assaulted her.

Police say the victim fought her attacker off and was able to get away. A passerby heard her screams as she climbed out of the embankment and stopped to her.

It is not known if Ramirez has a lawyer or what charges he might face in this case.

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<![CDATA[Man's Body Found on Anacostia River Trail]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:48:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/crime-stock-police-scene-tape.jpg

Police said a man was found dead along the Anacostia River Trail in Cottage City, Maryland, early Saturday morning.

Prince George’s County police were called to the trail for a report of an unconscious man lying on the ground. When they arrived, they found the body of the victim with significant trauma to the upper body.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department joined the investigation. Detectives are working to identify the victim and details about the crime.

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