MARYLAND

Man Rents Gun at Firing Range, Kills Himself

A man who rented a revolver at a Prince George's County firing range shot and killed himself there yesterday afternoon, county police said.

Police said the man was preparing for a round of target practice around 3 p.m at the Maryland Small Arms shooting range at 9311 Old Marlboro Pike when he shot himself once in the head.

Investigators said they were trying to determine whether the shooting was accidental or intentional. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Group Robs Pr. George's Clothing Store

A group of at least 10 robbers held up an Oxon Hill clothing store last week and stole 80 pairs of jeans, Prince George's County police said yesterday.

Police said the heist occurred about 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the Fashion Times clothes shop at 5031 Indian Head Highway. As one of the suspects attacked a store clerk with pepper spray, police said, the rest of the group grabbed hundreds of articles of clothing, including about 80 pairs of Parasuco pants, a popular brand of jeans.

Investigators said that a security camera videotaped parts of the incident and that witnesses saw suspects flee in two late-model cars. Police are asking anyone with information to call 301-735-1111.

Eatery's Ex-Owner Pleads Guilty in Assault

A former Chinese restaurant owner from Greenbelt who was charged with kidnapping and trying to kill an employee pleaded guilty in Prince George's County Circuit Court on Monday to one count of second-degree assault and was given a suspended sentence of five years in prison.

Michael Ming Chung Cheng, 31, admitted assaulting Leo Mujick-Lara, 21, at the Happy Garden Restaurant in Glenn Dale in March 1998. Charging documents filed by Prince George's County police said Cheng hit Lara with a claw hammer, took Lara's identification, forced him to change clothes, then drove him to Manassas and dumped him at a convenience store.

Lara told authorities he was sold to the restaurant for about $450 by other Mexicans, who took him to the eatery from Texas.

Montgomery Police Identify Dead 2-Year-Old

Montgomery County police have identified a 2-year-old child who died Monday as Stacy Singer, of the unit block of Linda Court in Gaithersburg, and said their investigation of the death is continuing.

The Maryland medical examiner's officer, which performed an autopsy on the boy's body, said yesterday that the results are pending.

Authorities said the child was in the care of a babysitter during the day and accompanied her on several errands. The babysitter has told police that sometime after returning home, she noticed that the child was unresponsive.

Police were called to an apartment on Maplewood Court about 1:30 p.m. concerning a child who was reported to be unresponsive. The child was transported to the Shady Grover Adventist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

THE DISTRICT

Driver Dies as Car Hits Tree After Chase

A Washington man was fatally injured late Monday when the car he was driving crashed into a tree after it had been pursued by D.C. police, police said.

They said Wesley Fogle Jr., of the 1100 block of 19th Street NE, was found about 11 p.m. in a vehicle that had smashed into a tree in the 600 block of Brentwood Parkway NE. He died just before midnight at Howard University Hospital, police said.

According to police, officers had been sent to his house about 10:30 p.m. to investigate a report that a woman friend of his had been assaulted there. They said officers saw the woman's car being driven from the scene and tried to stop it, but broke off pursuit near Mount Olivet Road and West Virginia Avenue NE, more than a half mile from where the car was found.