VIRGINIA

Arlington Man Guilty in Pool Hall Slaying

A 35-year-old man was convicted of capital murder and robbery yesterday in Arlington County Circuit Court for the November 1998 stabbing of a pool hall night supervisor.

After two hours of deliberation, a jury found Robin Lovitt guilty of capital murder for his Nov. 18, 1998, attack on Clayton Dicks, 45, of the District. Prosecutors said Lovitt, of Arlington, broke into the Champion Billiards and Sports Cafe on Shirlington Road about 3:30 a.m. and stabbed Dicks six times with a pair of scissors before stealing a cash box containing $200.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Barbara Walker said yesterday that Dicks caught Lovitt as he was trying to break into the pool hall and that Lovitt stabbed him repeatedly, kicked him and then fled. Dicks was found bleeding and unconscious and died a short time later at Washington Hospital Center.

Jurors are scheduled to recommend a sentence today, and Lovitt could receive the death penalty.

Arrest in Attempted Citizen's Arrest

A member of the National Guard was arrested yesterday morning along Interstate 95 in Dale City after he pulled a gun on a driver while trying to make a citizen's arrest.

According to the Virginia State Police, Roger Krause, of Fredericksburg, tried to make a citizen's arrest of a Virginia Beach woman after he noticed her driving erratically along the highway about 9:30 a.m. Police said that Krause, who is in his mid-thirties, followed Patricia A. McNair, 52, to a rest stop in Dale City and then held her there with a gun while police were summoned.

When state troopers arrived, they arrested Krause on charges of illegally brandishing a firearm as well as assault and battery after he allegedly grabbed McNair during their confrontation. Krause allegedly pulled a .40-caliber revolver on McNair so that she wouldn't leave the rest area.

"He said she was driving erratically, and he just thought she was a danger to motorists," state police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said. "But we would advise someone to call the state police; pulling a gun on someone is illegal."

Caldwell said that after Krause was arrested, he swore out a citizen's warrant against McNair, who was charged with reckless driving.

THE DISTRICT

Slayings of Elderly Women May Be Linked

The recent killings of two elderly women in Northwest Washington may be linked, D.C. police said yesterday.

The body of Ruby Currie Davis, 72, was found in her Adams-Morgan apartment Thursday by her son. On Saturday, police responding to a report of a burglary in a Petworth row house found the body of Clara M. Carter, 84, after being asked by neighbors to check on her welfare.

"We're looking into that possibility," 4th District Cmdr. Melvin Scott said yesterday when asked whether detectives believe the killings are connected.

Police said both women lived alone. Autopsies showed that Davis died of stab wounds to the head and torso and that Carter was strangled. Police said they are uncertain whether either woman was robbed.

Hattie B. Benson, a neighbor of Carter's, said the killing "has really shaken up this block." Neighbors knew Carter as "a beautiful, lovely lady" who regularly attended a Baptist church in Georgetown and who had lived in the 1200 block of Shepherd Street NW for more than 40 years. Although Carter had had a heart bypass operation, "one Christmas she fixed me the most beautiful fruit basket you could see," Benson said.

Police asked anyone with information on either killing to contact the D.C. Crime Solvers unit at 1-800-673-2777.