SE Man Pleads Guilty in Bank Robbery

Tony Wells had plenty of cash in his pockets when police arrested him on a drug charge in June. Unfortunately for him, the money was stained with a special red dye that linked him to a bank robbery that had taken place the previous day.

Wells, 38, of Southeast Washington, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday to robbing the United Bank at 1667 K St. NW. Prosecutors said he left the bank June 24 with a bundle of cash that was wrapped around a small explosive device containing red dye. The pack exploded minutes later at the Farragut North Metro station, staining money and Wells's clothing, they said.

Some stained money was strewn about in the Metro station, but not all of it. The day after the robbery, Wells was arrested at First and M streets SE on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. U.S. Park Police officers said he was carrying more than $1,000, including nine stained $20 bills. And he was wearing dark round sunglasses and a beige rubber band on his right wrist, just like the man photographed by the bank's surveillance cameras, they said.

Authorities later searched Wells's home and turned up stained clothing, prosecutors said. Wells, who remains jailed, could face a term of up to 78 months when he is sentenced Nov. 5 by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

Man Shot to Death While in Parked Van

A man was fatally shot last night while sitting in a parked van at the intersection of Third and Jefferson streets NW, officials said.

The man, who was believed to be a Northwest Washington resident in his late 20s, was sitting in a white van with a companion about 11:30 p.m. when, police said, he was shot multiple times in the upper body. The man was taken to Washington Hospital Center and pronounced dead a few minutes later, officials said.

The companion was also taken to a hospital for evaluation but apparently was not injured, officials said.

Police said a suspect fled the area, apparently on foot. Police said they knew of no motive in the slaying.


Suspect Held in Attempted Rape of Jogger

A Silver Spring man was being held last night in the Montgomery County jail after a judge set his bond at $45,000 in the attempted rape and assault of a Rockville jogger last week.

The attack took place about 5:50 a.m. Aug. 4, when a 41-year-old woman was attacked by a man who jumped from a grove of trees and tackled her as she jogged near Tuckerman Lane and Gloxina Drive. The woman said she fought back and screamed, prompting her attacker to flee toward Gloxina Drive.

A Montgomery County police spokeswoman said a neighborhood resident noticed a vehicle cruising the area and wrote down the car's tag number, leading officials to Christopher William Johnson, 36, of the 2400 block of Ladymeade Drive. He was arrested Saturday.


Stafford Jail Incident Confined

Inmates at the Stafford County annex of the Rappahannock Regional Jail overpowered a security guard and used his keys to release other prisoners early yesterday, jail officials said.

No prisoners escaped, and the incident was confined to the secure perimeter of the jail, officials said. Officials did not say how many inmates left their cells.

The guard, who had been making his normal checks, was handcuffed and locked in a room just after midnight. He was released unharmed a short time later, officials said.

But order was not fully restored until about 3:20 a.m. with the help of the Stafford County sheriff's office, and it was unclear what happened during those three hours. Police officials declined to comment on the incident.