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D.C. area crime watch

February 23, 2011 - 04:34 PM
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It's Wednesday. That's all we're saying. Let's get to the Blotter Blotter, shall we?

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MPD Chief Cathy Lanier discusses Frazier case, Banks stabbing on NewsTalk

February 22, 2011 - 05:00 PM
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D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier appeared on NewsChannel8's NewsTalk on Tuesday for a full hour. Here's what she said about the Latisha Frazier case and the stabbing of Redskins punt returner Brandon Banks.

Her comments about Fraizer are first and the video of Lanier discussing Banks' case is after the jump.

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Justice for Marc Fisher's son: Plea deal reached for home invasion that involved Facebook taunts

February 22, 2011 - 04:56 PM
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A 19-year-old who authorities believe broke into the home of the Washington Post's Marc Fisher, stole his son's laptop, iPod and money — then mocked the teen on his Facebook page — has taken a plea deal.

Rodney Knight Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree burglary, a charge that carries a recommended one- to three-year prison sentence. Knight is scheduled to be sentenced in May, according to a news release. 

Fisher wrote about the burglary for the Post in December. The account sounded both frightening and depressing, especially the part about how the suspect accessed Fisher's son's Facebook page and mocked him on the Internet.

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Did your Wii get stolen in Montgomery County? (photos)

February 22, 2011 - 04:05 PM
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This post has been updated.

Was a Wii stolen from your Montgomery County home recently? You might see it on the news Tuesday, when detectives show off a load of recovered items to the media in the hopes of returning the property to its rightful owners.

The stolen property — collected after the arrests of four suspects who allegedly targeted homes in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, and Germantown — also includes two flat screen TVs, more than 200 pieces of jewelry, cameras and phones.

The display isn't open to the public.

The items were recovered after the arrests of Kaba Camara, Monti Rainey,Tavon Nix, and Samuel Rocha, whom authorities believe are responsible for a string of burglaries in the county.

UPDATE! Pictures of the stolen items, including a rad coin collection, are after the jump.

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No charges for man accused of child enticement in Prince William County

February 22, 2011 - 03:40 PM
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Last week, two girls told officials at Graham Park Middle School that an man in a van offered them a ride at school bus stops. Both girls said they declined the lift and the suspect left each time without getting out of his van or physically hurting them.

"He's a creep, he's a creep," a mother of one of the girls told ABC7 after the incident was reported. "He needs to get off the street."

Police started to look for the man, who was described as having short black hair and a thin mustache. Authorities on Tuesday said they had identified him, but they weren't moving forward with the case.

"The investigation revealed that the man had not enticed the children at either stop," an incident report e-mail read. "No charges were filed."

When asked about the lack of charges, a Prince William County police spokesman police spokesman declined to elaborate.

"He didn't do anything criminally wrong and we didn't charge him," spokesman Jonathan Perok says.

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Hearing for Maria Alejandra Espinoza, driver in Charlie Davies crash, moved to Thursday

February 22, 2011 - 01:33 PM
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A hearing for the woman accused of drunken driving in the crash that injured striker Charlie Davies and killed another passenger has been moved to a later date this week.

Maria Alejandra Espinoza was scheduled to appear before District Judge Claude M. Hilton on Wednesday, but her court date has been moved to Thursday morning, according to online records.

The hearing was scheduled after Espinoza allegedly violated the conditions of her pretrial release. Espinoza is accused of consuming alcohol, which was prohibited. Because of the violation, she might be ordered to await her March sentencing in custody.

The court documents about the violation are after the jump.

Authorities believe Espinoza was driving in the 2009 crash that seriously injured Davies and killed Ashley Roberta of Phoenix, Md. She has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and maiming while driving intoxicated.

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D.C. area crime watch: Swisha Splash Boys is a terrible name

February 22, 2011 - 11:14 AM
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Welcome back, Washington. Who needs another long weekend? Yeah, us too.

To the Blotter Blotter!

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Jim Graham's former chief of staff Ted Loza pleads guilty

February 18, 2011 - 04:10 PM
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This post will be updated.

Ted Loza, the former chief of staff to D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to two felony counts of accepting gratuities and one misdemeanor count of making false statements, ABC7 reports.

Loza faces up to 4 and a half years imprisonment and a fine of up to $500,000. Under federal sentencing guidelines, the likely range is a term of 8 to 14 months of incarceration and a fine ranging from $2,000 to $20,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Loza was arrested in 2009 and accused of accepting bribes and free trips from an undercover FBI informant in exchange for backing legislation that would have benefited the taxi industry. Loza has always maintained his innocence.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 12.

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D.C. area crime watch: Former Graham aide to appear in court

February 18, 2011 - 02:30 PM
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Happy Friday, Washington. Man alive, your TBD reporter needs a weekend. Blotter Blotter begins after the jump.

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Haynesworth Watch enters Day Whatever, still no subpoena for Redskins DT

February 18, 2011 - 01:00 PM
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For those keeping track of these things, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has not yet been subpoenaed in the W Hotel sexual abuse case.

TBD checked in with Haynesworth's attorney, A. Scott Bolden, late Friday morning, and asked if his client had received a subpoena, as some W Hotel employees have, according to an NBC4 report.

"Nope," Bolden responded via e-mail.

Haynesworth has been linked to an incident at the W Hotel in the District that occurred early Sunday morning. A waitress accused a customer, who isn't named in the police report, of sliding his credit card into the left side of her shirt and caressing her breast.

In a statement, Haynesworth's agent has said that there "seems to be no truth to these allegations."

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Who Murdered Robert Wone: AG Eric Holder included on defense witness list

February 18, 2011 - 10:08 AM
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Attorney General Eric Holder is included on defense witness lists for the Robert Wone civil case, according to the website whomurderedrobertwone.com.

The witness lists — submitted earlier this week by attorneys for Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward — also include Wone's brother, Andrew, his widow,  Katherine, and a load of law enforcement officers, according to the documents obtained by the site. To read the lists, click here please.

Holder represented Katherine Wone when he worked at Covington & Burling.

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D.C. area crime watch: TBD really thought her sports days were behind her

February 17, 2011 - 12:30 PM
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Happy Thursday, Washington. Your weekend is almost here. Today's Blotter Blotter features a healthy dose of sports-related crime news. You'll find it all after the jump.

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Brandon Banks stabbing: Where is Christopher Nixon?

February 17, 2011 - 10:15 AM
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We're now learning that Washington Redskins punt returner Brandon Banks suffered more serious injuries than initially thought when he was stabbed outside a District nightclub early Saturday morning.

Banks wasn't alone at that club, though, and he wasn't the only one who was hurt. His friend, Christopher Nixon, was also injured in the scuffle, reportedly suffering multiple stab wounds. Nixon was rushed to George Washington University Hospital in critical condition after the incident, and Banks was taken to a different facility.

Banks is now recovering at an Arlington hospital, and though his agent said in a statement Wednesday he's suffered a collapsed lung, he's still expected to be released soon. So how's Nixon doing? Beats me.

The statement from Banks' agent noted that the two friends had spoken since the incident, a hint that Nixon's condition isn't completely dire. But TBD's attempts to get an update at George Washington University hospital on Wednesday morning were unsuccessful.

A hospital spokesperson said in an e-mail that no patient with the name "Christopher Nixon" is registered at the hospital. That could mean Nixon is no longer there or he's listed under an alias. The spokeswoman also said in an e-mail that no patient checked in under the name "Christopher Nixon" on Saturday.

TBD also called the number listed for a North Carolina address that was included on the police report, but the telephone rang unanswered. We'll update this post if we ever figure out where Nixon is and how he's doing.

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Defendant in Banks stabbing case asks to switch address because of 'security concerns'

February 16, 2011 - 06:00 PM
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The man accused of stabbing Redskins punt returner Brandon Banks wants to change the address listed for his release program.

In a motion filed with D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday, 24-year-old Jason Shorter asked for the change in his supervision program because "security concerns have arisen" at his home address. He asked that the address be changed before his next scheduled hearing.

Authorities believe Shorter stabbed Banks and another man outside a D.C. nightclub early Saturday morning. Banks suffered a collapsed lung and remains hospitalized. Banks' friend, Christopher Nixon, was also injured.

You can read the motion after the jump.

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Montgomery County police: husband attacked wife with hammer, stabbed self

February 16, 2011 - 04:43 PM
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Police say a 46-year-old Montgomery County man attacked his wife with a hammer before fatally stabbing himself at the apartment they shared.

Investigators think Aggrey Mulo Naya struck his wife, Magdalene Syomba Naya, with a hammer before stabbing himself late Tuesday night, according to a news release. Magdalene Naya escaped but suffered severe injuries. She was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Aggrey Naya's body was found in a bedroom at the Gaithersburg apartment. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The couple's two daughters weren't hurt. The girls, ages 15 and 10, were placed in the care of family friends. They were sleeping in the apartment when the attack occurred.

The incident, which is still under investigation, was first reported on TBD on Wednesday.

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Haynesworth attorney 'not aware' of subpoena for his client in sexual abuse case

February 16, 2011 - 03:42 PM
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NBC4 is reporting that subpoenas are going out in the Albert Haynesworth sexual abuse case. The Redskins defensive tackle, however, might not have received one yet.

"I am not aware of any subpoena(s) being served on my client, nor have received any on his behalf," Haynesworth's attorney, A. Scott Bolden, said in an e-mail.

Haynesworth, as you might recall from this morning, isn't charged in connection to the incident, which reportedly occurred at the W Hotel early Sunday morning.

Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, has said in a statement that there seemed to be "no truth to these allegations."

Update: Oh, hey, look. Chamberlain wrote about this too.

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D.C. area crime watch: All Redskins, all the time

February 16, 2011 - 03:30 PM
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Happy Wednesday, Washington. Can we get some more Redskins crime news this week? As they say in TBD's homeland, jeez Louise.

Blotter Blotter time! IT BEGINS ... after the jump.

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No charges yet in W Hotel sexual abuse case

February 16, 2011 - 10:45 AM
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There are still no charges filed against Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who was reportedly accused of inappropriately touching a woman at the W Hotel this weekend.

Allegations of sexual abuse at the hotel are under investigation, but as of 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, nothing's been filed, a check of records shows. NBC was the first to report that Haynesworth was accused in the incident.

According to a police report, which does not include Haynesworth's name, a waitress early Sunday morning walked by a man, who wanted to pay his bill and asked if he could stick his credit card in her shirt pocket. The woman agreed, but then the man slid the card "further into her left side of the blouse and then began to caress her breast," according to the report.

Haynesworth's agent, agent Chad Speck, released a statement saying there "seems to be no truth to these allegations." He also said Haynesworth was considering "legal action against those involved."

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Defendant in Brandon Banks stabbing gets electronic monitoring device (documents)

February 15, 2011 - 04:14 PM
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The man accused of stabbing Redskins punt returner Brandon Banks is getting an electronic monitoring device.

That's according to court documents that detail the terms of Jason Shorter's supervised release. Shorter, who was scheduled to appear for program orientation Tuesday, is accused of stabbing Banks and another man outside a Washington D.C. nightclub early Saturday morning.

The court documents are after the jump.

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D.C. area crime watch: Very special prosthesis edition

February 15, 2011 - 01:47 PM
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Good news, Internet!

Today's Blotter Blotter is brought to you by A Very Special TBD Justice Guest, Julie Westfall. This is because your normal TBD Justice Blotter Blotter writer was out on a story or something. Our regularly scheduled program will return Wednesday.

Keep reading after the jump!

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