- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2008


Death of girl ruled homicide

Metropolitan police said they are ruling the death of a 12-year-old girl found in her Northeast apartment Tuesday a homicide.

The girl, Marisol Caceras, of the unit block of Hawaii Avenue was apparently strangled, police said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner did not find evidence of sexual assault, decomposition, stab wounds or suffocation, contradictory to reports from some neighbors.

Police are investigating the incident and a reward has been offered for information leading to the killer.

Fenty halted by bike crash

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has canceled public appearances because of a bicycle accident.

The mayor crashed his bicycle Tuesday afternoon, spokeswoman Dena Iverson said. It’s not clear whether anyone else was involved.

Mr. Fenty aggravated an existing hairline fracture to his foot, Miss Iverson said. He did not have any other injuries.

A doctor has ordered Mr. Fenty to rest his feet for a few days. He called off a Tuesday night event and has canceled another public appearance scheduled Thursday.

Van for disabled flips on I-395

A van belonging to Metro’s service for the disabled overturned Wednesday and at least five people were injured, authorities said.

Some passengers in the MetroAccess van were trapped and had to be extricated by rescuers, D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said. The extent of the injuries was not clear.

Carjack suspects caught in raid

A SWAT team entered a Southeast town house and captured two suspects in an armed carjacking, U.S. Park Police said Wednesday.

The incident began about 3:30 a.m. when officers attempted to pull over a vehicle on Alabama Avenue for a traffic infraction, police said.

The driver of the vehicle initially stopped but then continued toward Tubman Avenue. The two occupants, a male and female, then fled into a nearby town house.

Police determined that the vehicle had been taken during an armed carjacking in Alexandria.

Sex offender convicted again

A convicted sex offender has been found guilty of kidnapping, robbing and sexually assaulting two Howard University students.

A Superior Court jury Wednesday convicted Anthony Lumpkin, 42, of the District.

Lumpkin and another man approached two 20-year-old women in March last year in the 1600 block of Euclid Street Northwest, federal prosecutors said.

The other man robbed the women, but Lumpkin forced one of the women to use an ATM and took money from her.

Lumpkin forced the women to go to a construction site where he sexually assaulted them, authorities said.



Database created on serial killers

Radford University psychology professor Mike Aamodt reckons there have been almost 1,900 serial killers since the beginning of the 14th century.

And he’s got a database as evidence.

The list ranges from Joseph Kallinger, who claimed a floating head told him to murder young boys, to Joe Ball, who killed up to 14 waitresses at his Texas tavern and threw them into an alligator pit.

Mr. Aamodt worked with more than 300 students in his forensic psychology courses over 15 years to create the Radford University Serial Killer Database.

He is only now beginning to analyze the information and hopes to one day make the database publicly available.



Medical examiner to probe remains

The State Medical Examiner has been sent severely decomposed human remains found Monday near the Northwood Industrial Park, Salisbury police said Wednesday.

The remains are thought to be those of a woman. Authorities are trying to identify the remains and determine the cause of death.

The body was found in a partially wooded area.

The condition of the remains made it impossible to immediately say whether foul play was involved, police said.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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