Local digest: D.C. groper deported; two men stabbed in unrelated D.C. attacks

April 3, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Groper deported after jail sentence

A man convicted of groping several women in the Dupont Circle area last summer was deported Wednesday to Nicaragua, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Oscar Mauricio Cornejo-Pena, 31, was in the United States illegally, officials said, and was sent home after finishing a 180-day jail sentence. He had pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to four counts of misdemeanor sex abuse.

“Cornejo has proven to be a danger to the community, and it is ICE’s top priority in the interest of public safety to ensure his removal from the United States,” officials said in a statement.

The suspect, who became known as the “D.C. Groper,” grabbed women as he rode by them on his bicycle. He worked at the St. Regis Hotel at the time of his arrest.

— Peter Hermann

Two men stabbed in unrelated SE attacks

Two men were stabbed — one in a carjacking — in apparently unrelated attacks four minutes apart Wednesday morning in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

The first incident occurred about 7:40 a.m. in the 3000 block of Stanton Road. Police said a man was stabbed in the stomach and was taken to a hospital. Authorities said he was conscious and breathing, with injuries not considered life-threatening.

About 7:44 a.m., police said, a man’s 2012 Toyota Corolla was stolen at gunpoint from the 4100 block of Fourth Street, about 21 / 2 miles from the scene of the earlier stabbing. Police said the incidents do not appear related.

Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said the driver of the Toyota was stabbed in the shoulder during the carjacking. The vehicle was last seen being driven toward Southern Avenue, at the Maryland line. It had Virginia license plates, WWR-4493.

— Peter Hermann

Barry released from Howard U. Hospital

D.C. Council member Marion Barry was released from Howard University Hospital on Wednesday, a day after he said he was admitted for low blood sugar.

Barry, a 77-year-old diabetic, announced his departure from the hospital the same way he announced his arrival: on Twitter.

“Much love for all the prayers and well wishes, MB. Thank you Howard University. I love you all!” Barry (D-Ward 8) wrote about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A day earlier, the former mayor tweeted that a city ambulance had taken him to the hospital after he became faint. “I’m a 20 year diabetic,” he wrote. “Today, my sugar dipped below normal, and I was taken to the hospital by the fire dept., but nothing life-threatening.”

Barry has been hospitalized with increasing frequency. In May, he was hospitalized while in Las Vegas for a convention after suffering a blood clot.

— Tim Craig

MARYLAND
Fairgrounds fire damage: $500,000

A wind-fueled fire at the Charles County Fairgrounds on Tuesday destroyed several mobile homes, cattle barns and a show ring, causing about $500,000 in damage, according to the Maryland fire marshal’s office.

As of Wednesday morning, investigators had not determined the cause of the fire in Bel Alton, south of La Plata.

The fire was reported about 3:25 p.m. and spread quickly in gusty winds. It took firefighters from Virginia, Maryland and the District about 90 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Authorities said that several businesses were displaced and that two dogs died in the fire. No injuries to people were reported.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
In vote case, judge
rejects felony counts

A Pennsylvania man charged in Virginia with throwing away completed voter registration forms no longer faces felony counts.

News media reported that a Rockingham County General District Court judge dismissed eight felony charges against Colin Small on Tuesday.Small, 23, of Phoenixville, Pa., still faces misdemeanor charges of destruction of voter applications and obstruction of justice.

Authorities have said Small was working for Pinpoint, an independent contractor hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to conduct voter registration drives, when eight completed registration forms were found in a trash bin behind a Harrisonburg store on Oct. 15, 2012. Small was arrested three days later.

The felony charges alleged that Social Security numbers were disclosed when the forms were thrown away. Judge Marvin Hillsman ruled that the forms’ disposal didn’t amount to disclosing the numbers.

— Associated Press

Cyclist robbed on trail in Arlington

A man biking on the Custis Trail on Tuesday night was knocked off his bicycle by two men who stole his cellphone, Arlington County police said. They said one of the assailants had a gun.

The incident occurred shortly after 10:20 p.m., police said. They said the cyclist was taken to Virginia Hospital Center with injuries that did not appear life-threatening.

— Maria Glod

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