3 arrested in Adams Morgan robberies; Breyer has shoulder-replacement surgery

April 27, 2013
THE DISTRICT
3 arrested in Adams Morgan robberies

Three Maryland men were arrested Saturday in connection with an early-morning robbery in Adams Morgan. One of them was charged in a second robbery minutes earlier in the same Northwest D.C. neighborhood, police said.

Just after 3 a.m., Sterling Thornton, 22, of Capitol Heights, approached an Alexandria man in the 1900 block of Calvert Street NW and demanded his watch, a D.C. police spokesman said Saturday. The man refused, and Thornton began striking him in the face and body, according to police.

Moments later in the 1800 block of Adams Mill Road, police said, Thornton and two other men — Montero Valentine, 21, of Capitol Heights and Michael Richards, 21, of Landover — came up behind a man from the Bronx and began punching him. The three men are accused of taking his watch and iPhone.

D.C. police spokesman Officer Araz Alali said police arrived quickly and arrested the three men, who were all charged with robbery by force. Thornton was also charged with assault with intent to rob, police said, after he was identified by the first victim.

— Ann E. Marimow

Breyer breaks shoulder in bike spill

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer underwent shoulder-replacement surgery Saturday morning after taking a spill on his bicycle the previous afternoon near the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement that the 74-year-old justice is “resting comfortably” after undergoing shoulder replacement surgery for a proximal humerus fracture, a common break in the shoulder joint. Breyer was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after his fall, Arberg said.

Arberg said the surgery on his right shoulder was “successful” and Breyer is expected to be released from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital early in the week.

It was the third biking accident for the justice, who two years ago broke his right collarbone after a fall near his home in Cambridge, Mass. He suffered more serious injuries in 1993 when he was hit by a car while biking across Harvard Square.

— Ann E. Marimow

VIRGINIA
Alexandria man killed on I-95

An Alexandria man was killed late Friday when the car he was driving veered off Interstate 95 in Fairfax County and was struck by another car in a three-vehicle collision that shut down southbound lanes of the highway.

Close to midnight Friday, Virginia State Police said, a Mazda struck a traffic barrier on the right side of the interstate near the exit ramp to Backlick Road. The car overturned, rolling back into southbound traffic and striking a Ford Focus, which was then hit by a tractor-trailer.

Police identified the driver of the Mazda as Ryan Cox, 23, who died at the scene. He was the only person in the car.

The driver and two passengers in the Ford and the driver of the tractor-trailer were not injured, according to police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Southbound lanes of I-95 reopened by 4:40 a.m. Saturday. The cause of the crash is still being investigated, Geller said.

— Ann E. Marimow

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