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Four siblings accused in bank robbery

Four siblings are in custody, accused of robbing a bank earlier this month near Mount Vernon Square.

Authorities said they participated in robbing the Colombo Bank in the 1300 block of Ninth Street NW on May 15.

Police said a robber handed a teller a note reading, “Empty Drawer Fast or Everybody Dies!!!” according to court documents filed in the case.

Police said the man put a black backpack on the counter as the teller filled it with $800 and a dye pack.

The documents say the lookout then shouted: “Let’s go! Let’s go! They got us,” as they ran out and got into a car parked nearby.

Authorities said the dye pack exploded in the bag and the red-stained money was recovered.

Police said three of the suspects had been in the bank three days before the robbery and that a teller grew suspicious at the time of the robbery because they wore winter clothing.

Two suspects were arrested Wednesday and the others Friday, according to Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman. All have been charged with bank robbery.Police identified them as: Allante Alexander, 20, of Southeast; Allesha Alexander, 25, of Northeast; Alex Alexander, 20, of Southeast; and Alvin Alexander III, 24, of Southeast.

— Peter Hermann

Naked man near White House ID’d

The man who stripped naked in front of the White House on Friday was identified Saturday as a 56-year-old man from Quebec, according to authorities.

Michel Bechard, 56, was charged with indecent exposure and two counts of assaulting a police officer, according to the Secret Service and D.C. police. He was being held pending his first appearance in D.C. Superior Court.

A motive has not been disclosed, but authorities said the man approached a White House gate on Pennsylvania Avenue about 3 p.m. and asked for a meeting with the president.

When he was denied entry, police said he took off all his clothes. Photos show him standing naked at a Secret Service guard shack before being arrested.

The Secret Service said two of its uniformed officers were injured during the scuffle and that the suspect also was hurt and taken to a hospital for treatment. One officer suffered a four-inch-long abrasion to his arm, a police report says.

Police said the man had a Quebec identification card. He has no criminal record or outstanding arrest warrants in the United States, the report says.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Speed camera burned; man arrested

A 19-year-old man was arrested Saturday morning after police said an attempt was made to burn a roadside speed camera in western Howard County. The same camera had been set on fire twice before, and police said they believe that the incidents are related.

Connor Lynn Eash, of the 13600 block of Bold Venture Drive in Glenelg, west of Ellicott City, was charged with two counts of malicious burning and several counts of destruction of property.

The camera on Burntwoods Road is less than a mile from the suspect’s house.

Howard police said the camera was burned in September and again early Thursday. Detectives with the police and fire marshal’s office set up surveillance and said they saw a man approach the camera about 5 a.m. Saturday.

Police said he was carrying an ax and a bottle of an accelerant. He ran when approached, but an arrest was made later.

Police estimated total damage at $30,000. Authorities were not able to determine Saturday whether the camera had ever ticketed the suspect.

Neither the man nor his relatives could be reached.

— Peter Hermann

Two bodies recovered from Chesapeake Bay

The bodies of two men were recovered from the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday after their boat apparently became swamped in choppy water, authorities said.

The men were identified as Joshua Jon Rediger, 22, of Chester, Md., and Robert Taylor Morelli, 23, of Stevensville, Md., the Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

Candy Thomson, a police spokeswoman, said the men had left Kent Island about 7 p.m. Friday in a 12-foot boat and made their way to the Eastern Neck Island national wildlife refuge, where they stayed the night.

Thomson said their craft was lost on the return trip about 6:40 a.m. Saturday. They were found along with their boat near Kent Island and the mouth of the Chester River, authorities said.

— Peter Hermann

Hyattsville man shot, killed in Howard Co.

A Hyattsville man was shot and killed Friday in Howard County and another Hyattsvile man has been arrested, county police said.

The victim was identified as Rodolfo Miguel Cervantes,31.

Police said Ismael Guerra Vasquez, 36, was charged with murder.

— Martin Weil

One killed, two hurt in Chevy Chase

A man was killed and two people injured Saturday in Chevy Chase in what appeared to be an electrical accident, authorities said.

The incident occurred in the 200 block of Oxford Street, said Montgomery County fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

The three were extricated from a crawl space beneath the house, Piringer said. A man died at a hospital, a woman was burned and a teenager was also injured, he said.

— Clarence Williams
and Martin Weil

VIRGINIA
Woodbridge man charged in stabbing

A 19-year-old Virginia man was charged with murder Saturday in connection with a Friday stabbing at the door of a Woodbridge home, according to Prince William County police.

The suspect was identified as Mykell Kyree Anderson, of the 1900 block of Darlington Loop in Woodbridge.

Police said the victim, Lawa Weah, 22, of Dumfries, went to the suspect’s house Friday and got into an argument.

Police said the men knew each other, but no details of the dispute were given.The slaying was the county’s second this year.

— Peter Hermann

Purcellville officer shoots, kills teenager

A police officer from Purcellville fatally shot a 17-year-old teenager Saturday after the teenager lunged at the officer with a knife, according to the Virginia State Police.

State police said a Purcellville officer had gone to the 100 block of Frazer Drive in response to a call reporting that the teenager had been threatening suicide.

When the officer arrived and approached the 17-year-old male, the teenager lunged at him and was shot, state police said. The officer was not hurt.

— Peter Hermann

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