Two new magistrate judges appointed; woman assaulted in Northeast Washington

December 23, 2013
DISTRICT
New magistrate judges appointed

A longtime public defender and a project director at the nonprofit Children’s Law Center have been appointed to serve as magistrate judges for the D.C. Superior Court, authorities said Monday.

Renee Raymond, a graduate of Yale College and New York University law school, will work in the court’s domestic violence unit, and Sean Staples, a graduate of Syracuse University and Catholic University of America’s law school, will work in family court, authorities said. Raymond worked for more than 20 years with the D.C. Public Defender Service, and Staples most recently served as a project director for the Children’s Law Center, authorities said.

The pair will begin their assignments next month, authorities said.

— Matt Zapotosky

Woman assaulted in D.C.

D.C. police said Monday they are searching for two men who forced a woman into a Northeast Washington alley early Saturday, threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

According to police, the woman was walking near West Virginia Avenue and Mount Olivet Road NE about 2 a.m. Saturday when two men approached her from behind. The attackers also stole items from the woman before fleeing, police said.

Police described one of the men as African American with a dark complexion, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a slim to medium build. They said he looked to be in his late 20s, was cleanshaven and was last seen wearing a black scarf, black hoodie and dark pants. Police described the second man as African American with a light complexion, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and 19 to 25 years old. They said he was wearing a long-sleeved blue or gray thermal shirt, light-colored pants, and silver-and-black athletic shoes.

Police said anyone with information about the case can call 202-727-9099.

— Dan Morse

VIRGINIA
Man killed in hit-and-run

A man died Sunday evening after a hit-and-run accident in Woodbridge, Prince William County police said.

Police say that about 7 p.m., Pastoo Pereire of Woodbridge was crossing Occoquan Road near the intersection of Vineyard Way when he was struck by a vehicle headed north on Occoquan Road. The vehicle left the scene.

Pereire died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the collision, police said. Police said they did not know Pereire’s age and did not have a description of the vehicle involved. Authorities were continuing to investigate.

— Dana Hedgpeth

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