April 24, 2013
THE REGION
MetroAccess driver accused of sex crime

A driver for the MetroAccess transportation service was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexually assaulting a passenger, authorities said.

Metro, which operates the service for the elderly and disabled, said Metro Transit Police officers arrested Ezra Porter of Upper Marlboro after investigating the alleged assault.

Porter, 50, had “inappropriate sexual contact” Friday with the adult female victim before transporting her to her residence, Metro alleges in a statment.

A family member contacted the transit agency’s police department Friday afternoon, setting in motion the investigation that led to Porter’s arrest. Porter is charged with first-degree sexual assault.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the agency is not releasing the victim’s age because of privacy concerns.

— Dana Hedgpeth

THE DISTRICT
Man fatally shot
in Southeast

A 32-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday night near his home in Southeast Washington, according to D.C. police.

The victim was identified as Rahmaan Jamal Ward of Southeast. Police said he was pronounced dead at a hospital about one hour after the 10:15 p.m. shooting

Officer Araz Alali, a D.C police spokesman, said patrol officers were called to Stanton Road and Mississippi Avenue to investigate reported gunshots. He said officers found the victim lying in the street about a block away, in the 3500 block of 18th Street SE. Alali said Ward had been shot several times in the chest

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Stepson is held in killing of D.C. officer

The 27-year-old accused of fatally shooting his stepfather, a D.C. police officer, in an unprovoked and surprise attack outside their Upper Marlboro home was ordered held without bond Wednesday.

Police say Antwan James shot his stepfather, Joseph Newell Jr., in the back — then stood over him and fired more shots — merely because Newell had asked the young man for help with yardwork Monday evening. A prosecutor said investigators recovered 15 to 18 shell casings on the scene.

Newell, 46, a well-liked detective, was on the force for more than 20 years.

James is charged with first-degree murder. His attorney, Thomas C. Mooney, said he had not spoken to James and needed to gather the facts of the case.

“I’m sure there’s a whole lot more to this story,” he said.

— Matt Zapotosky

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