14-year-old arrested in attack along Metropolitan Branch Trail

THE DISTRICT
Police arrest youth in attack on trail in NE

District police arrested a 14-year-old boy Tuesday in connection with an attack and attempted sexual assault Monday afternoon along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast Washington.

The youth was charged as a juvenile with robbery and assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse. Police did not say what led them to the suspect.

The attack occurred about noon Monday on Fourth Street NE. Police said the youth tried to sexually assault the victim but was not successful.

The youth had the woman’s cellphone when he was arrested, authorities said. In a court hearing, a judge ordered him to be held in custody. He was charged previously in another assault and is pending trial on that charge.

Peter Hermann

THE REGION
Crackdown on HOV violators

Police plan a one-day campaign Thursday against drivers who violate HOV rules in Virginia and Maryland.

In Virginia, police will target Interstates 66, 95 and 395 as well as the Dulles Toll Road. Many agencies are involved: Virginia State Police; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police; and police from Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties. Maryland State Police plan to target Interstate 270.

The stepped-up effort against violators will occur during morning and evening rush hours, when HOV rules are in effect on those highways

Robert Thomson

Archives puts Civil Rights Act on display

The National Archives said Wednesday that it has placed on display the first and signature pages of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination in public places and the work place and provided for the integration of schools.

The act, which was the broadest of its kind since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. The Archives is marking the 50th anniversary of its enactment.

The signature page, with Johnson’s scraggly and smudged endorsement, will be on display through July 13 and then will be replaced with a facsimile. The pages will be on display through Sept. 16.

Michael E. Ruane

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
Mike is a general assignment reporter who also covers Washington institutions and historical topics.
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