Prince George’s County police on Saturday identified a second suspect in an armed carjacking in District Heights that led to a pursuit into the District and ended with a head-on collision with a school bus in Southeast Washington.
Christopher DeWayne Barnes, 20, of the 1500 block of Alabama Avenue SE is charged in a warrant with carjacking and a weapons violation, according to authorities. Police were searching for him Saturday, they said.
Police arrested another suspect shortly after the chase ended. Malik Hasam Wilkins, 17, of the 5300 block of Clay Terrace SE was charged as an adult with carjacking, fleeing and eluding, and weapons violations. He was being held without bail in the county jail.
Thursday morning, two men with guns and wearing ski masks forced a driver out of a Mercedes-Benz and drove off, police said. Officers quickly found the car and chased it for about a mile into the District. Police said the driver tried to turn off Ridge Road onto Texas Avenue and lost control, hitting a car stopped at a red light. A pregnant woman and a teenager were injured in that crash. Police said the driver continued on Texas Avenue and hit the school bus head-on.
One adult and one child aboard the bus suffered minor injuries, D.C. police said. Another adult and child on the bus were not injured. Police said that the occupants of the Mercedes ran but that one was caught near the scene and a gun was recovered.
County police said a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment of Barnes. Anyone with information is urged to call 301-772-4425 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
— Peter Hermann
A 30-year-old man from New York was killed Saturday morning when the car in which he was riding went off Interstate 95 in Lorton, hit a tree and overturned, Virginia State Police said.
The victim was identified as Rashid K. Humphreys of Yonkers. Police said Humphreys, the front-seat passenger ,was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge.
The single-vehicle accident occurred about 5:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes, said Corinne Geller, a state police spokeswoman. The southbound lanes were closed until about 8:30 a.m.She said the driver of the Honda Civic, identified as Thomas J. Smith of Woodbridge, was charged with reckless driving.
Both Smith and a back-seat passenger, Robert D. Brown Jr. of Fredericksburg, suffered minor injuries and did not go to a hospital, the spokeswoman said. Their ages were not available.
— Peter Hermann