September 4, 2013
THE REGION
THE DISTRICT
Man found dead in park is identified

A man who was found fatally stabbed Monday along a stream in Rock Creek Park has been identified as a 49-year-old resident of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

Police said the body of Matias Molina was found about 7:50 p.m. along a creek bed in a wooded area near Beach Drive and Joyce Road NW. The site, just north of Military Road, is about a mile north of a U.S. Park Police station.

D.C. police would not comment on a possible motive in the stabbing but said Molina was not wearing clothing consistent with outdoor recreational activities.

Acting D.C. police Capt. Robert Alder of the homicide unit said police have not determined whether Molina was killed in the park or elsewhere.

— Peter Hermann

Council member’s home burglarized

District police are investigating a burglary last week at the home of D.C. Council member David Grosso in Northeast Washington’s Brookland neighborhood, according to authorities.

Grosso (I-At Large) said two computers and a camera were taken by someone who apparently put them in a suitcase and wheeled it through his front door. He said the burglar got in by prying open a kitchen window in the back of the house.

D.C. police confirmed the Aug. 26 break-in and said no arrests have been made, although the investigation remains active.

“Unfortunately, this is the tough part of urban living,” said Grosso, whose four-year term began in January. He estimated the items taken to be worth about $8,500.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Police seek vehicleof slaying victim

U.S. Park Police are seeking a gold or tan Ford Explorer that was apparently taken from a person who was killed Tuesday on the grounds of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, according to authorities.

Police released few details but said the incident occurred near Springfield and Powder Mill roads, which cross fields at the sprawling center in Prince George’s County. Police did not say whether the victim was male or female, or what time and how the death occurred.

In a statement, police described the vehicle as a 1996 Ford Explorer XL. They also said that the victim used several different license plates and that the tags on the vehicle when it was taken are not known.

Police said that the occupants of the vehicle “should be considered armed and dangerous.” Anyone with information is urged to call U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7515.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
Illegal drugs may be factor in teen’s death

Illegal narcotics may be a factor in the death of a 16-year-old McLean girl whose body was found in the Vienna area last month, Fairfax County police said Wednesday.

Officers discovered the body of Emylee Lonczak in the 8200 block of Madrillon Estates Drive on Aug. 23 after a search.

At the time, the McLean High School student was reported as a runaway. Police now say she was voluntarily in the company of people she knew before she died.

Police are waiting for the medical examiner to make a final determination of the cause and manner of Lonczak’s death. An investigation into the case is ongoing.

— Justin Jouvenal

Alleged members of gang are indicted

Twenty-four people who authorities say were involved with a violent street gang known as the Nine Trey Gangsters were charged with numerous offenses including crack cocaine distribution, robbery and racketeering in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal district court in Alexandria.

The alleged gang members and their associates — hailing from cities and towns across Virginia, D.C. and Maryland — are accused of criminal activity dating to 2008, authorities said. Prosecutors say the group moved prostitutes up and down the East Coast, sold drugs ranging from marijuana to prescription painkillers and dabbled in the use of counterfeit currency.

Two alleged gang members are accused of following another’s orders to slash a woman’s face from mouth to ear because she had stolen drug profits, and others allegedly were involved in a 2010 dispute that sparked a shooting, authorities said.

— Matt Zapotosky

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