THE DISTRICT

Dyed Cash Leads Police to Robbery Suspect

A 38-year-old District man was arrested yesterday morning in connection with a bank robbery Thursday that led to the explosion of a specially prepared bundle of money in the Farragut North Metro station, authorities said.

Tony Wells, whose last known address was in the 400 block of K Street SE, was arrested about 11:30 a.m. at First and M streets SE, an FBI spokeswoman said.

She said he was arrested by U.S. Park Police officers after what appeared to be a drug transaction. After the arrest, stained money was found and authorities decided Wells resembled the description of the man who robbed the United Bank at 1667 K St. NW.

Wells was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and the bank robbery, authorities said.

As the robber fled Thursday, a device that contains dye and is inserted in bundles of money exploded at the Metro station. Cash was left behind, but the robber got away, authorities said.

3rd Person Sought in Grandmother's Death

D.C. police said yesterday they are searching for an additional suspect in connection with events surrounding the fatal shooting of Helen Foster-El, the Southeast Washington grandmother who was slain Monday night as she ushered children away from gunfire in a backyard.

A D.C. Superior Court arrest warrant was issued for Kent Claude Chambers, 20, charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. Police said Chambers's last known address was in the 100 block of 56th Place SE, the same block where Foster-El lived. She died there after being shot in the back and the leg. A dispute over payment for damage to an automobile apparently sparked the gun battle.

Police already have charged two 18-year-olds from the Marshall Heights neighborhood with murder in Foster-El's death.