A bomb threat to the Swedish Embassy caused road closures Thursday that slowed evening-rush traffic to a crawl on parts of the Rock Creek Parkway, Whitehurst Freeway and other commuter routes.
Brian Leary, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said someone called in a threat to the embassy at about 3:30 p.m. After law enforcement officers searched the embassy in the 2900 block of K Street NW for about three hours, the roads were reopened.
Montgomery County police on Thursday identified the man whose body was found along the Capital Beltway as Honorio Nava-Paredes, 31, of the 1100 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Washington. An autopsy has been conducted, but doctors haven’t ruled on the cause of death, police said. On Tuesday, authorities received a report of a body off the side of the inner loop of the Beltway, between Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road.
— Dan Morse
A house cleaner stole tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly client in Alexandria, police said Thursday.
Tisa Dorsey, 29, of Greenbelt, Md., was arrested by Alexandria police on Dec. 11. Between May 2012 and August of this year, according to police and court documents, Dorsey stole more than 100 checks from her employer and cashed them for $87,415. Dorsey has been charged under a law dealing with financial exploitation of a mentally incapacitated person, which went into effect in July.
— Rachel Weiner
An alleged MS-13 gang member charged in connection with two 2008 gang-related shootings in Northern Virginia appeared in federal court for the first time Thursday after government officials in El Salvador took the unusual step of extraditing one of their own citizens to face attempted murder and gun charges abroad.
Edgar Benitez Hernandez, 25, used a translator during the hearing in federal district court in Alexandria and said he understood that the charges against him carry a possible life sentence. Under an agreement with El Salvador, prosecutors intend to pursue four of the eight charges on which Hernandez was indicted — all connected to a Sept. 13, 2008, double shooting in Loudoun County.
— Matt Zapotosky