ARCHIE ELLIOTT III, WHO DIED IN 1993 AFTER HE WAS SHOT 14 TIMES BY TWO POLICE OFFICERS WHILE HE SAT HANDCUFFED IN A PATROL CAR, WAS INCORRECTLY DESCRIBED IN AN ARTICLE YESTERDAY AS A CRIMINAL SUSPECT. AUTHORITIES SAY POLICE STOPPED ELLIOTT FOR DRIVING ERRATICALLY AND ARRESTED HIM AFTER HE FAILED A SOBRIETY TEST.
Rapes Linked to Deceased Man
A man who was slain in Jacksonville, Fla., in March has been linked to eight rapes that took place in Southeast Washington from November 1997 to July 1998, the FBI and other officials said yesterday.
The rapes had confounded detectives in the 7th Police District, where all the attacks occurred. The rapist had isolated his victims and attacked all of them between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. The victims, girls and young women ranging from 14 to 21 years old, gave investigators varying descriptions of their attacker, Cmdr. Winston Robinson Jr. said yesterday. Detectives did not know that a single rapist had been responsible for the attacks, he said.
Leon Dundas, 38, of Jacksonville, was questioned in December in connection with three rapes in Jacksonville last year, Lt. Paul Woolard, of the sex crimes unit of the Jacksonville sheriff's office, said yesterday. Because there were no witnesses linking Dundas to the Jacksonville rapes, he was released. Jacksonville police could not take a blood sample from Dundas because they lacked probable cause, Woolard said.
After Dundas was shot to death March 8, DNA from blood samples taken from his body linked him to the Jacksonville rapes, Woolard said. That DNA information was then shared with the FBI national DNA index system, which linked Dundas to the District attacks, Robinson said.
Fatal Stabbing in Southeast
A 32-year-old man was stabbed to death Tuesday night in Southeast Washington, police said.
Police responding to the 2600 block of Naylor Road SE at 11:32 p.m. found Dwayne Donnell Feaster, who lived on the block, unconscious and suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Officer Quintin Peterson, a police spokesman. Feaster was taken to D.C. General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m. yesterday.
Police arrested Erik Vernon Robert Collins, 36, at the scene. Collins, of the 14000 block of Connecticut Avenue in Silver Spring, was charged with second-degree murder while armed, said 6th Police District Cmdr. Rodney D. Monroe. The stabbing was the result of a domestic dispute, he said.
Brazilian Fugitive Arrested
A Brazilian citizen accused of stealing more than $20 million from the Brazilian government was arrested Monday by the FBI in Frederick, Md.
Jose Mario Fontes, 63, was ordered held without bond Tuesday after a hearing before a federal judge in Baltimore. FBI officials said they arrested him at the request of Brazilian authorities, who want to bring him to trial. Prosecutors plan to seek his extradition at a court hearing in Baltimore.
Fontes, an industrial engineer, had been sought in Brazil on charges that he overbilled the government for consulting services and equipment. FBI agents determined that he was living in Frederick.
Protest Leads to Two Arrests
A radio talk show host and the mother of a criminal suspect who died in police custody in 1993 were charged with trespassing yesterday after they blocked the entrance to the office of Prince George's County State's Attorney Jack B. Johnson (D), authorities said.
Joe Madison, 49, a talk show host on WOL-AM radio, and Dorothy Copp Elliott, a public school teacher from Forestville, were arrested about 3 p.m. after they sat in front of Johnson's office suite and refused to move, said Sgt. Bill Ament, a spokesman for the Prince George's sheriff's department.
Johnson was not in his office at the time, Ament said. Madison and Elliott were charged with trespassing on private property and were awaiting a hearing before a District Court commissioner last night, Ament said.
Elliott is the mother of Archie Elliott III, who was shot 14 times by two police officers on June 18, 1993, while he sat handcuffed in the front seat of a patrol car. A county grand jury decided not to indict the officers after they testified that Elliott had pointed a gun at them. Dorothy Elliott, Madison and others have held weekly protests at the courthouse in an attempt to get Johnson to reopen the case.
Teacher Faces Porn Charges
A Culpeper County schoolteacher was arrested yesterday after police searched his Triangle home and found computer images of young girls in sexually explicit poses.
Virginia State Police officers arrested Peter John Pandazides, 31, of Woodland Drive, after they located pornographic images on his computer depicting girls as young as 3 years old, said state police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. Pandazides was charged with possession of child pornography and was being held at the Prince William County jail.
The state police's High Technology Crime Unit had been investigating Pandazides for the last two weeks after receiving a report that Pandazides had been attempting to pay a juvenile to find him a 13-year-old girl for sex.
Pandazides allegedly tried to set up a sexual rendezvous with a state police officer who was posing as a teenage girl on America Online. Caldwell said charges are pending.