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August 19, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Passenger spits
on Metrobus driver

A Metrobus rider spit on the driver Monday afternoon and escaped after the operator pulled over in Southeast Washington, police and Metro officials said.

The incident occurred about 12:20 p.m. in the 4400 block of E St. SE, near Benning Road. No injuries were reported.

Philip Stewart, a spokesman for Metro, said the incident occurred aboard a U8 bus, which runs between Capitol Heights and Benning Heights. D.C. police said that after the rider spit, the driver pulled over and switched on the vehicle’s emergency flashers. Police said the rider left the bus and ran.

The driver reported the incident as an assault, prompting officers from Metro and D.C. police, along with an ambulance, to respond. No arrests have been made, and police were unable to discern a motive.

— Peter Hermann

No charges against man
mistaken for thief

The U.S. attorney’s office has declined to prosecute a man who authorities said was shot by a federal agent last week in Northeast Washington after officers mistakenly concluded that he had stolen a motor scooter.

“Prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence to move forward with the charge,” said Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

D.C. police said last week that Jamal Thomas, 20, of Northeast was being charged with assault on a police officer and driving without a license. But prosecutors dropped the case before presenting it for arraignment in D.C. Superior Court.

Because no charging documents have been filed, the specifics of what happened that night remain unknown.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
Lieutenant colonel
indicted in assault

The former chief of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention branch was indicted Monday on an assault and battery charge, prosecutors said.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was arrested in May after being accused of grabbing a woman’s breasts and buttocks in the parking lot outside a strip of restaurants and bars in Crystal City. Police say he was drunk at the time.

Krusinski was chief of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention branch when the incident occurred, and it came as the Pentagon reported an increase in sexual assaults and related crimes on military personnel. Under pressure from Congress, the Pentagon has just announced several revamped policies to prevent sexual assaults and prosecute such cases.

Krusinski initially was charged with sexual battery, but Arlington County prosecutors last month dropped that charge and said they would seek the indictment on an assault charge, which does not require proof of a sexual component. Both are Class 1 misdemeanors.

Prosecutors said they decided that the way the sexual battery statute is written and has been interpreted by appellate courts made an assault charge more appropriate.

An Air Force spokeswoman has said that Krusinski was reassigned after his arrest.

— Rachel Weiner

Man accused of
attacking women

Two women were assaulted this weekend by an intoxicated man who entered their garage in the Lyon Village neighborhood of Arlington County, police said.

Adam Quayle, 23, of Harrisonburg, Va., was arraigned Monday on a charge of strangulation, two counts of assault and one of unlawful entry, according to court records. The first charge is a felony; the others are misdemeanors.

Police said the man walked up the driveway of the women’s North Garfield Street home at about 2 a.m. Sunday and began pounding on a side door. The residents went outside to confront the man, at which point he tried to hide behind a car in their garage.

Police said the man tried to hit one of the women as he passed her but missed, prompting the other woman to come to her aid. According to police, the man responded by tackling the second woman. When the first woman moved to help her roommate, police said, the man grabbed her, put her in a headlock and started choking her.

The man forced both women to the ground before two passersby pulled him off, according to police. A bouncer from Hunan Number One, a nearby Chinese restaurant and bar, held the man until police arrived.

— Rachel Weiner

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