- The Washington Times - Monday, October 30, 2006


Police impersonators sought in 3 abductions

D.C. police are looking for two men who are impersonating police officers — using fake badges to rob, abduct and sexually assault their victims.

Three armed robberies have been reported in the past week, apparently committed by the same men, police said.

The latest offense occurred about 1:15 a.m. yesterday in the vicinity of 13th and K streets Northwest, when the impersonators pulled alongside a man and woman in their car sitting at a stop light, police said.

The men told the couple that they were under arrest for speeding, ordered them from their vehicle and handcuffed them. The impersonators then put a hood over the man’s head and used his automated teller machine card for cash and gasoline.

A similar incident occurred about 9 p.m. Friday at a motel in the 1300 block of Fourth Street Northeast. A couple sitting in their car in the parking lot was told to get out of their car and then robbed after being taken back to their motel room.

In the third incident, a woman was abducted in the heart of Georgetown after one man showed what appeared to be a badge in the 3000 block of M Street at about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, police said.

The man told the woman that the car she was driving was stolen, handcuffed her and placed her in his vehicle. She was robbed before being released in Maryland, police said.

All the women reported being fondled.

The impersonators were described as driving a Ford sport utility vehicle with Virginia license plates.

Man fatally shot in Southeast

A man was found fatally shot in Southeast yesterday, D.C. police said.

Howard Randolph Wilson Jr., 41, of the 500 block of Gibbon Street in Alexandria, was found about 2:25 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the head in front of a building in the 1600 block of 16th Street Southeast.



Investigation leads to deportation charges

A search warrant served for assault charges led to the arrest of seven illegal aliens, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.

The search warrant stemmed from the Thursday arrest of another resident of the home, Inocente Dionicio-Gama, 27, on charges of malicious wounding. Police said Mr. Dionicio-Gama assaulted a 24-year-old man outside the Zaaza Restaurant in Regal Plaza on Oct. 12.

Loudoun County investigators, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, went to the house in Lyndhurst Court on Friday. They arrested Rosa Dionicio-Augustino, 19, on charges of obstruction of justice. Gilberto Henriquez Hernandez, 23, was charged with child endangerment when he fled from authorities — leaving behind a child in the car.

Two other men, a teenage boy and a woman were arrested on federal charges regarding their entrance into the country.

All seven persons are being held without bail at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center awaiting deportation hearings.


Two hoisted to safety from boat

Two men were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter after their boat was disabled Saturday night, officials said.

The men called the Coast Guard by cell phone at about 6:30 p.m., reporting that their 16-foot boat was not working and that they were very cold.

A helicopter found the boat, and a rescue swimmer helped get the men into the helicopter. Emergency workers determined that the men were in good health.

Coast Guard officials said cell-phone coverage can be spotty and unreliable, so boaters should keep a VHF marine radio onboard.


Law firm helps illegal aliens

A Richmond law firm is helping aliens with legal problems, including immigra-tion issues and attempts to collect wages from employers.

The effort by Williams Mullen began because some Hispanic aliens without Social Security numbers lacked access to groups such as the Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center.

Robert Redmond, who heads the legal team, said the firm has taken on the cases of scores of Hispanics pro bono and collected more than $63,000 in unpaid wages in the past 1 years.

The firm said a team of its lawyers took the case of subcontractor Lucio de Leon Ramirez, who sought help collecting $20,000 in construction wages. So far, he has received more than $17,000 from one employer and hopes to collect $3,000 from a second.

Mr. Ramirez called the free legal assistance a godsend. He said it is not unusual for Hispanics in construction to get cheated out of their wages.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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