CRIME & JUSTICE

Friday, December 9, 2005

MARYLAND

Fatal Shooting A 27-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday night in Capitol Heights, a half-block from the District border, Prince George's County police said.

Anthony Allen Wren, of the 200 block of Unicorn Place, was found on the street in front of his home at 8:20 p.m.

Police said that more than one person walked up to him, shot him and ran away. Investigators urged anyone with information about the crime to call police at 301-772-4925.

Student Charged Montgomery County fire investigators charged a 15-year-old student in connection with three fires set in restrooms at her high school, officials said yesterday.

The girl allegedly set the fires Wednesday and yesterday at Montgomery Blair High School, fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said. "It's pretty minor damage contained to the room of origin," he said.

A blaze yesterday caused $1,000 in damage to a second-floor restroom before sprinklers were activated, he said.

Piringer said the Silver Spring resident has been charged with several counts of arson, malicious burning and other offenses.

THE DISTRICT

Murder Convictions Two men were convicted yesterday in D.C. Superior Court of killing two teenagers in Southeast Washington in a 2004 shooting that left three other people wounded, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Jerome Stroud, 19, who lived in Forestville, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, and Quincy Mitchell, 18, who lived in Suitland, was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder. Antwain Holroyd, 17, and Michael Simms, 16, were killed in the July 11, 2004, shooting in the 2900 block of Pomeroy Road SE, which investigators believe was retaliation for a shooting in November 2003.

Three other juveniles were wounded in the shooting, and Stroud and Mitchell were convicted of assault with intent to kill and aggravated assault while armed in connection with those attacks. The two men face a maximum of life without parole when they are sentenced March 3 by Judge Robert I. Richter.

Fatal Shooting A 22-year-old man was found fatally shot in the stairwell of his apartment building in Southwest Washington early Wednesday, D.C. police said.

Anthony Cunningham was found about 6:15 a.m. suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in the 4600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue SW, police said. Authorities urged anyone with information about the case to call them at 202-727-9099.

VIRGINIA

Cell Phone Bandit A federal grand jury in Alexandria has indicted Candice R. Martinez, the alleged "cell phone bandit" of Northern Virginia, on six felony counts related to the four bank robberies she is accused of committing while speaking on a cell phone in October and November.

Martinez and her boyfriend, Dave C. Williams, both 19, were arrested last month after surveillance video and photos from a holdup in Ashburn were broadcast nationally. Williams provided investigators with a handwritten statement admitting his involvement in all four holdups as the getaway driver and as the person on the other end of the cell phone conversation. He pleaded guilty to two federal counts last week and faces a possible sentence of 11 or 12 years, his attorney said.

Martinez was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit bank robbery and with robbery in the holdups of Wachovia branches in Vienna on Oct. 12, Manassas on Oct. 21 and Springfield on Oct. 22. She is charged with armed robbery and use of a gun in a felony in the Nov. 4 holdup in Ashburn. Investigators believe the robbers netted about $48,000 from the four robberies.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.


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