- The Washington Times - Friday, July 20, 2007


Armed Capitol intruder pleads guilty

A Silver Spring man pleaded guilty yesterday to running into the U.S. Capitol in September with a loaded handgun.

Carlos Greene, 21, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to several charges, including firearms offenses, cocaine possession and fleeing police.

Greene was arrested Sept. 18 after driving his sport utility vehicle through a security checkpoint on the Capitol grounds. He then evaded several officers as he ran through the building and was eventually stopped by civilians, prosecutors said.

Police found a plastic bag containing crack cocaine and a handgun.

Greene faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison when sentenced Sept. 27.

Street vendor charged in meter fraud scheme

D.C. police arrested a hot dog vendor who worked outside the Interior Department and charged him with partaking in a parking meter scheme.

Investigators said employees and construction workers in the building on C Street Northwest paid the vendor to plug their parking meters every two hours so they wouldn’t get parking tickets.

But police found that he wasn’t actually putting money in the meters. Police said he had a quarter on a string, which he would pull out of the meters once the money had registered, then use over and over.

Police said public works officials got suspicious when they noticed a drop in parking revenue for the area. The vendor, whose name was not released, was arrested after a surveillance operation by undercover detectives.

He is charged with theft of public services. His hot dog stand has been seized as evidence.



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