- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 2, 2012

Prince George’s County police made a second arrest Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of an Alexandria activist whose body was dumped in a Fort Washington well.

Ivan Newman, 20, was arrested Thursday morning in Waldorf, Md., near his home, Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Julie Parker said. He has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery in connection with the death of community activist Lenwood “Lenny” Harris, 53, who went missing in September.

The initial suspect arrested Tuesday in the case, 49-year-old Linwood Johnson, was charged only with first- and second-degree murder, according to court documents.

“We do expect to make more arrests in this case,” Ms. Parker said.

After Mr. Harris’ disappearance in September, police in Alexandria launched a missing persons investigation, but his body was not found until late last week. County police said they believe Mr. Harris‘ killers set out to rob him.

Officials previously said Mr. Johnson and Mr. Harris knew one another but would not clarify the nature of their relationship or how Mr. Newman new the men.

Mr. Newman was listed in Maryland court records as living in the 4200 block of Queen Court in Waldorf and was arrested several blocks away. He is currently awaiting trial in Prince George’s County on a fourth-degree sex abuse charge and in Charles County on a theft charge, court records state.

His co-defendant, Mr. Johnson has a lengthier criminal history. He was convicted of bank robbery, bank larceny and an assault during a bank robbery in 1987 and sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to federal prosecutors and court records. He was released from prison in 2008.

Mr. Harris was a longtime Alexandria resident who mentored youth and founded the nonprofit Operation Hope to provide free public services in the community. After disappearing Sept. 21, his credit cards were used at various ATMS in Prince George’s County and Alexandria and two of his cell phones found alongside of interstates 495 and 295.



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