Slaying Suspect Fled U.S., Police Say

A 28-year-old Arlington man accused of killing a woman and stashing her body in his car has fled the United States to Guatemala, police said yesterday.

A warrant was obtained Tuesday evening charging Ludvin Alberto Estrada, of the 1300 block of North Pierce Street, with murder, after the body of Eva Veliz was discovered in the rear of Estrada's red 1994 Toyota Celica, police said.

Arlington police had received a tip from Fairfax police and searched the area near Estrada's apartment for a possible victim about 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said. About 4:30 p.m., they were alerted by a passerby who saw a body in the car, which was down the block from Estrada's apartment, they said.

Veliz was a 27-year-old immigrant from El Salvador who lived in Arlington. An autopsy has been scheduled for today.

Estrada, who is 5-foot-2 and weighs about 120 pounds, caught a flight to Miami at Reagan National Airport early Tuesday, said police spokesman Justin McNaull.

Teen Critically Hurt When Hit by School Bus

A 14-year-old Arlington youth suffered critical injuries yesterday when he was struck by a county school bus while riding his bicycle, police said.

David Avelar-Medina, a ninth-grader at Washington-Lee High School, was hit by the bus in the 900 block of North Quincy Street, just south of Fairfax Drive, police said. The accident occurred about 2:20 p.m. as the bus driver tried to maneuver in front of a truck, they said. "It swerved and sideswiped the cyclist," said police spokesman Justin McNaull.

The bus driver, Paul Diehl, 59, was charged with reckless driving, McNaull said. The teenager, who suffered injuries to his left leg and abdomen, was listed in critical condition at Children's Hospital.


Fauntroy, Others Arrested During Protest

Former D.C. delegate Walter E. Fauntroy was arrested yesterday and charged with contempt of court for blocking access to the Prince George's County Courthouse as part of a protest against a 1993 police shooting.

Fauntroy and two other protesters were found in contempt by Circuit Court Judge G.R. Hovey Johnson, who fined each of them $2,500 but then suspended the penalty, meaning they won't have to pay unless they are arrested again for the same offense.

The three men were part of a larger group that has held regular weekly protests outside the courthouse to try to persuade Prince George's State's Attorney Jack B. Johnson (D) to reopen an investigation into the death of 24-year-old Archie Elliott III.

Elliott was shot 14 times June 18, 1993, by Prince George's and District Heights police officers while he was handcuffed and sitting in the front seat of a patrol car. A county grand jury declined to indict the two officers involved. Johnson has said he has no plans to reopen the case.