- The Washington Times - Monday, May 29, 2006

DISTRICT

Robbers strike again on Mall

The U.S. Park Police reported a robbery early yesterday on the Mall, the third in three days.

The armed robbery occurred on 12th Street Northwest, just after midnight.

A man and a young girl were robbed at gunpoint by three men, one of whom had a semiautomatic pistol, said police, adding that the girl was sexually assaulted.

On Thursday night, there was one armed robbery near the National Museum of Natural History and another near the National Archives.

In each incident, a group of three or four men pushed a woman to the ground.

There is no word on whether the incidents are related.

MARYLAND

SILVER SPRING

Carjacking leads to 13-vehicle crash

A carjacking in Prince George’s County led to a chain-reaction accident yesterday afternoon involving 13 vehicles on New Hampshire Avenue.

Prince George’s County police were chasing the stolen Dodge Dakota when it crossed into Montgomery County.

The crash, initially reported as involving 12 vehicles, occurred at about 12:15 p.m., when the truck hit a car and sent it into on-coming traffic — setting off the chain reaction. One car was hit with so much force that its engine block was thrown to the other side of the street.

The driver bailed out of the green truck. He last was seen running back toward Prince George’s County and was still at-large last night. Police did not know whether he was armed but said a semiautomatic handgun was found inside the vehicle.

The northbound and south-bound lanes of New Hampshire Avenue were shut down between Adelphi Road and Piney Branch Road into the evening.

Ten persons injured in the accident were taken to hospitals and later released.

The crash occurred before Montgomery County officers joined the pursuit.

Two other vehicles were carjacked in Prince George’s County at about the same time, including one that crashed in Beltsville, injuring two persons.

A police spokeswoman said all three crimes probably are related.

SUITLAND

No link found in two deaths

Prince George’s County police have found no apparent link between the deaths of two persons whose bodies were found Saturday within two miles of each other.

Investigators said, however, that they cannot be sure because neither victim was carrying identification.

The body of a woman in her 20s was found at about 5:45 a.m. in Cedar Hill Cemetery in the 4100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. A man’s body was found about 45 minutes later leaning against the side of Suitland High School on Silver Hill Road.

Police are awaiting autopsy results.

BALTIMORE

Transit police reveal BWI security data

The chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority police has released documents detailing what the agency does at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Chief Gary W. McLhinney made the documents public to help show the tasks performed by the six-member executive protection unit he set up at the airport. The Baltimore Sun had sought information from Chief McLhinney about private people who were getting armed escorts at the airport.

The documents he released included information such as the names of the Secret Service detail guarding President Bush’s daughter Barbara and the number of agents protecting the president’s father.

A Maryland State Police spokesman said his agency never would release the names of the agents guarding Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. or other state officials.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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