THE REGION

Attacks on Two Women Probed

A 35-year-old woman jogging in the Spring Valley section of Northwest Washington early yesterday was attacked by a man who beat her on the head and face with a blunt object, police said.

The woman, whom police did not identify because she is a witness, was attacked shortly before 6 a.m. in the 5100 block of Loughboro Road NW, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital with severe injuries, police said.

Police believe the woman's attacker may be responsible for a similar assault Sunday on Broad Street in Bethesda, about a mile from yesterday's attack.

In that attack, a 54-year-old woman was walking her dog about 5:10 a.m. when a man approached her and bent down to pat the dog. The woman tried to speak to the man, but he did not respond and walked away, police said.

As the woman headed home, the man came up from behind, grabbed her and began to beat her with his fists, police said. The man left on foot.

THE DISTRICT

Guilty Plea Ends Bribery Trial

A New York City man pleaded guilty yesterday to bribing an employee of the D.C. motor vehicles agency in a scheme to obtain illegal driver's licenses.

Azzaeddine Gharbaoui, 33, decided to plead guilty in mid-trial in U.S. District Court. He has been in custody since his arrest in February as part of a sting operation conducted by D.C. police. The D.C. government employee, Christian Kelly, resigned his clerk's job, pleaded guilty to a bribery charge and was testifying against Gharbaoui when the trial came to a halt.

Prosecutors said Gharbaoui paid more than $5,000 in bribes to Kelly to bypass important procedures. Kelly, in turn, issued cards qualifying numerous people for driver's licenses, prosecutors said, even though they did not produce proof of identification and residency as required by law.

He pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens. He could face a two-year prison term when he is sentenced in December by Judge Richard W. Roberts.

Hearing in Domestic Assault Case

The man accused of beating Mayor Anthony A. Williams's stepdaughter was arraigned yesterday on one count each of simple assault, attempted misdemeanor threats and destruction of property, officials said.

Gabriel Hess, 27, was released on his own recognizance but was ordered by a D.C. Superior Court hearing commissioner to stay away from Asantewa Foster, 24.

Hess was accused of punching and kicking Foster during an altercation early Monday at the apartment the two shared in the 200 block of I Street SW. Hess fled before D.C. police arrived.

Hess was arrested on a felony threats warrant at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday at a home in Silver Spring by members of the Joint Fugitive Task Force, which includes D.C. police and FBI agents. If convicted, Hess could face up to 180 days in jail.

VIRGINIA

Carjack Attempt at Tysons Corner

Fairfax County police were searching last night for a man who tried to steal a woman's car at knife point from a Tysons Corner parking lot and were investigating whether the same man may have committed a carjacking the day before.

Police said the woman was about to enter her car in the Bloomingdale's parking garage about 4:40 p.m. yesterday when she was approached by the man. The woman's age and home town were not immediately available. The man tried to take the woman's car, but the woman escaped unharmed, police spokesman Tom Herrington said.

On Tuesday night, a man wielding a handgun stole a 1995 Nissan Altima from a 21-year-old Woodbridge man who was parked in the Baileys Crossroads area. A witness said he recognized the gunman, and police obtained warrants yesterday charging David E. Brown, 35, of Queens, N.Y., with abduction, carjacking and weapons violations.