- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007


Crime spree ends with fatal crash

A teenager is dead, another is under arrest and a third eluded police after a crime spree yesterday morning ended with a fatal crash.

The group was first spotted shortly before 7 a.m. when a woman in Northeast fended off a robber armed with a knife, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a Metropolitan Police spokesman. He said the attacker fled in a red Toyota Scion with two other persons.

A few minutes later, another woman nearby had her purse taken by a knife-wielding robber. This time, the Scion took off at a high speed down Michigan Avenue and crashed while attempting to turn.

Sgt. Gentile said the car mounted the median, struck trees and rolled over several times before coming to a stop.

One of the passengers in the car, 18-year-old Alex A. Garcia, was pronounced dead. The second passenger in the car escaped.

The driver, Rudy Zelaya, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Mr. Garcia’s death. He was also charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery.

The case was still under investigation yesterday, and police weren’t sure which man was wielding the knife.



Police make arrest in teen”s killing

A man has been arrested in the killing of a girl who was shot last month while riding in her family’s ice cream truck, Charles County officials said Saturday.

Kevin Mark Warren of Waldorf is charged with first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, officials said.

He was accused of firing several shots into the truck June 29 during an attempted robbery, striking the girl in the back, investigators said. Briona Jasmine Porter, 13, was transported by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in the District, where she died about an hour later.

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