- The Washington Times - Friday, October 31, 2014

With an ax-wielding maniac on the loose and illicit drug-infused candy making the rounds, Halloween is a little creepier than usual in the nation’s capital this year.

D.C. police are still searching for a man who swung an ax at a police officer in an unprovoked overnight attack, officials said Friday. The attack happened in the 1200 block of Quincy Street Northeast around 3 a.m. Friday. A man ran up to a marked police cruiser and hit the driver-side window with an ax, breaking a hole in the glass.

The officer was not hurt by the blow but was injured in a subsequent scuffle with the man, said D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier in an email statement. The man got away but left the ax behind.

“At this time the suspect is still at large and there is no known motive for the attack,” Chief Lanier said.

Meanwhile, police in neighboring Prince George’s County are warning residents to be wary of any treats they might bring home Halloween night after officers recovered marijuana-laced edibles in a drug bust.

“This is the first time that we’ve seen these manufactured marijuana-infused products In Prince George’s County,” said Capt. Chuck Hamby, commander of the department’s narcotics division.

The products included chocolate bars and taffy shipped from Colorado and the west coast and recovered in a drug seizure this week.

Capt. Hamby said he had no indication that anyone intended to distribute the candies to trick-or-treaters but said given the timing of the drug recovery, the department wanted to warn residents to be vigilant about inspecting any treats their children might bring home.

“If you raid your kids’ Halloween candy and pull out a Peppermint Pattie or whatever you like, and you’re not paying any attention, you could easily or a kid could easily open one of these up and eat it,” he said. “It’s relatively innocuous if you look at it.”

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