Regional briefs: Hyattsville man is charged in four bank robberies

June 24, 2014
THE DISTRICT
Chinese Embassy’s road is renamed

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted to rename the stretch of road in front of the Chinese Embassy “Liu Xiaobo Plaza,” a symbolic nod to the Nobel Prize-winning dissident and a slap at the human rights record of officials in Beijing.

The white-stone compound sits at 3505 International Pl. NW, not far from the Panda House at the National Zoo.

— Michael Laris

MARYLAND
Man is charged in
four bank robberies

A Hyattsville man who was arrested in connection with a bank robbery Monday has admitted to three additional robberies, Montgomery County police said.

Jose Mercedes has now been charged with robbing all four banks.

Police said they caught Mercedes, 45, hiding in a shed in a Kensington back yard Monday shortly after a robbery at the M&T Bank in the 10400 block of Montgomery Avenue.

According to police, Mercedes admitted to the robbery on Monday, as well as to robberies of two other M&T Banks, one in Potomac and one in Bethesda, in December 2013. He also admitted to robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Potomac in March, police said.

— Julie Zauzmer

VIRGINIA
Teen is charged
in Twitter threats

A 14-year-old boy has been charged in connection with creating a Twitter account in the name of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza and using it to threaten to rape and kill students at a Falls Church elementary school, according to police and a search warrant.

The Centreville teen was arrested last month and faces a felony charge of making threats after admitting to a Fairfax County detective that he used the social media site to target students at Belvedere Elementary School, according to police and a search warrant.

The Washington Post does not generally name juveniles charged with crimes.

Police began investigating in March after receiving a report that someone was making threats on the school’s Twitter page. The threats were made from a Twitter account that features a color headshot of Adam Lanza, who shot and killed 26 students and adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in 2012.

— Justin Jouvenal

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