VIRGINIA

Fourth Reston Woman Attacked in Break-In

A slightly built masked gunman who attacked a Reston woman inside her home late Sunday may be the same person Fairfax County police are seeking in three similar break-ins since September, police said.

Police said a 23-year-old woman was confronted about 11:30 p.m. inside her apartment in the Jonathan's Keepe apartment complex. The man ordered the woman to undress. She screamed and struggled, and the gunman fled.

The suspect's description -- between 5 feet 3 and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build and a Spanish accent, wearing dark clothes and a mask -- matched the description given by women in three other incidents in Reston. In the earlier incidents, women were sexually assaulted.

"We're looking into whether these incidents are related," police Lt. Amy Lubas said.

14-Year-Old Charged With Bomb Threat

A 14-year-old girl who allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to Oakton High School in April has been arrested and is being held in the Fairfax County juvenile detention center pending a hearing.

Police said the Falls Church girl, a former Oakton student, phoned the threat to an answering machine at the high school April 29. No one was in the school at the time, and the threat wasn't discovered until the next day, after the bomb purportedly was set to explode.

THE DISTRICT

18-Year-Old Found Fatally Shot

An 18-year-old Northwest Washington man who had been fatally shot was found shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday in the unit block of New York Avenue NW, D.C. police said.

Joseph Swinnie was shot once in the left hip and was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.

13-Year-Old Charged With Bomb Threat

A 13-year-old student at Terrell Junior High School in Northwest Washington was arrested there yesterday on a charge of making of a bomb threat against the school, D.C. police said.

Police said he was the fifth District student charged with making bomb threats against their schools in the last few weeks. Dozens of such threats have been made since the beginning of the school year, and the number has increased in recent weeks, they said.

Man Gets 44 Years to Life in Teen's Death

Donald W. Hunt Jr., 23, was sentenced yesterday to 44 years to life in prison for murder, assault and burglary in the July 1996 killing of Juanita Maddox, 14, in Southeast Washington.

A D.C. Superior Court jury convicted Hunt in March in a case in which a masked man kicked in the front door of a house in the 5600 block of A Street SE and opened fire. The man missed his target, whom he suspected of hitting his sister the day before, authorities said. But Juanita was killed and her 14-year-old cousin wounded.

MARYLAND

Toddler Found Dead After Car Ride

Montgomery County police said they were investigating the unexplained death yesterday of a 2-year-old Gaithersburg boy.

Police said the toddler, who was not identified pending notification of his extended family, had spent the day with a babysitter who took the child with her on errands. Police said she told them that when she returned home about 1:30 p.m., she took him from the car seat, thinking he was asleep.

Moments later, the babysitter realized the child was not moving and called for help.

The boy was pronounced dead at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, police said.