VIRGINIA

Body Found With Gunshot Wound

The body of a 33-year-old Fairfax County man who had been shot in the upper body was found Thursday night on a sidewalk near his home, Fairfax County police said.

Daniel E. Brandon, of 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue in the Alexandria section of the county, was found at Tamarind Street and El Soneta Place, about two blocks from the apartment complex where he lived. Police said no motive has been determined and no suspects have been identified.

THE DISTRICT

Pursued Van Plunges Into River

A man was arrested yesterday after a van carrying two people plunged into the Anacostia River following a chase, D.C. police said.

Officers went to the 1500 block of Second Street SW about 3:30 a.m. yesterday after receiving a call about gunfire, authorities said. The van drove off, and during a pursuit, a handgun was dropped from a window, police said. The chase ended in the 1800 block of Half Street SW, where the van went out of control, struck a tree and plunged into the river.

Police said Marcus Kareem Marrow, 22, of the 4100 block of 30th Street in Mount Rainier, was found in or near the water and was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Police said they were looking for another man in the incident.

MARYLAND

Man Fatally Shot Near Nightclub

A Seat Pleasant man was found fatally shot in a Temple Hills parking lot early yesterday, shortly after what witnesses say was an argument at a nearby nightclub, Prince George's County police said.

Melvin Harris Brown, 28, of the 6000 block of Jefferson Heights Drive, was found lying in an apartment parking lot in the 3300 block of Branch Avenue in Temple Hills about 3 a.m., police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police didn't identify any suspects in the slaying. But investigators said witnesses reported seeing Brown in an argument at the Legends nightclub on Naylor Road earlier in the evening.

Arrest Made in Internet Sex Probe

A 33-year-old Anne Arundel County man was arrested Thursday after undercover operatives, playing the role on the Internet of an 11-year-old boy, arranged to meet someone for sex, Prince George's County police said.

Jimmy Leonard Radcliffe, Jr., 33, of the 1800 block of Triple Feather Road in Severn, was charged with attempted abduction, two counts of child solicitation and attempted third- and fourth-degree sex offenses after he was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Laurel Lakes Center Theatre, police said. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond at the Prince George's jail, police said.

Prince George's investigators and Maryland State Police said they began the undercover investigation after the parents of an 11-year-old Laurel boy called them about his experiences in an on-line computer "chat room."