Teen pleads guilty in killing over coat; Alexandria man held in 1992 rape case

THE DISTRICT
Teen pleads guilty
in killing over coat

One of the 10 defendants originally charged in the November robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of an Olney teenager over his designer coat at the Woodley Park Metro station pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court on Friday.

Muquan Cawthorne, 16, of Mount Rainier, who was initially charged with the first-degree murder of Olijawon E. Griffin, 18, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed, armed robbery and carrying a pistol without a license. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the first-degree murder charge.

According to prosecutors, Cawthorne and his friends stole a Helly Hansen jacket from Griffin.

After the robbery, Griffin and his friends tried to get the jacket back and there was a fight, authorities said.

Prosecutors say one of Cawthorne’s friends, Chavez Myers, 17, of District Heights, stabbed Griffin in the chest from behind

Six teens have pleaded guilty in the attack. A trial of the remaining four defendants is scheduled to begin this month.

— Keith L. Alexander

VIRGINIA
Alexandria man held in 1992 rape case

An Alexandria man has been charged in connection with a rape case that went unsolved for more than two decades, authorities announced Friday.

Police in Arlington County took Stevie Brinson, 50, into custody Thursday after obtaining a match on DNA evidence connecting him to the rape of a 25-year-old college student at gunpoint on Jan. 28, 1992.

Authorities said that on that day 21 years ago, the suspect went to the female victim’s apartment in the 2000 block of North Adams Street posing as a maintenance worker.

When the woman let him in, he allegedly pulled a handgun and demanded money. He then forced her into her bedroom, where he bound her hands and raped her at gunpoint, police said. The suspect is also accused of stealing cash before fleeing.

In June, evidence was resubmitted to the laboratory and police identified Brinson as the suspect.

Brinson is being held at the Arlington County Detention Facility, police said.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

Officer convicted of shoplifting

A 12-year veteran of the Fairfax County police force has been found guilty of shoplifting in Loudoun County, according to court records.

Alexandra Neff, who works in the patrol bureau, attempted to take a purse and blouse from Lord & Taylor at the Dulles Town Center in December, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

She was convicted of petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Neff has appealed her conviction to the Loudoun County Circuit Court.

Fairfax County police said Neff has been placed on administrative duties, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Neff’s attorney did not return a request for comment.

— Justin Jouvenal

Maryland
Man arrested in 2012 Langley Park killing

Police said Manchame-Guerra admitted he was involved in the 2012 killing of 23-year-old Saul Felipe-Augustine. The July shooting stemmed from an argument between the pair, authorities said.

On the evening of July 14, 2012, officers were called to the 1400 block of Kanawha Street for a shooting. Authorities found Felipe-Augustine in an apartment building hallway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, police said, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Manchame-Guerra, who was taken into custody Thursday by Nassau County Police Department, is awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County, authorities said.

— Victoria St. Martin

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