THE DISTRICT

Suspects Considered in Bus Shooting

D.C. police officials said they are looking at several suspects in connection with last weekend's fatal shooting of a Ballou High School student and explained why the slaying initially was considered a random act.

Cmdr. Winston Robinson of the 7th Police District said yesterday that investigators are working round-the-clock to find the killer of Theodore "Teddy" Garvin, 17, who was shot Friday evening while on a Metrobus.

Police have talked to dozens of people to determine what happened, including investigating the possibility that Garvin was involved in an altercation and the shooting was in retaliation, police said.

The shooting occurred on Wheeler Road SE, as Garvin was headed to see his girlfriend and infant son. As he sat down near an open window, someone reached into the window with a gun and fired once.

A day after the shooting, Lt. Willie Dandridge announced that the shooting was random. But by Monday, police had backed off that assertion.

"None of those normal elements were present that would [make one] think it was anything else" but random, such as membership in a gang or previous problems with the law, Robinson said, defending Dandridge. "It made [Dandridge] feel like he had nothing else to base the death on. This wasn't anything to try and mislead the public."

MARYLAND

2 Arrested in Taxi Carjackings

A woman and a man who investigators say robbed five taxi drivers and stole their cabs have been arrested on carjacking charges, Prince George's County police said yesterday.

Ebonie Chauntay Warren, 20, of the 1200 block of North Capitol Street NW in the District, and Kirk Markle Webster, 23, of no fixed address, were arrested Sept. 23 and charged with armed carjacking after a taxi was stolen in Fairmont Heights, police said. Both are being held in the Prince George's County jail; bond has been set at $500,000 for Webster and at $150,000 for Warren, police said.

Investigators allege the pair has stolen at least four other taxis in Prince George's County since Aug. 24. In each case, police said, Webster held a knife or a syringe to the neck or throat of the driver as Warren demanded money.

Webster and Warren would then kick out the driver and make their escape in the cab, police said. Investigators said they also suspect the pair in other taxi carjackings in the District.

Silver Spring Man Charged in Burglaries

A 26-year-old Silver Spring man has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree burglary after Montgomery County police linked him to the crimes through blood left at the crime scenes, authorities said yesterday.

Police identified the suspect as Brian Christopher Baldwin, of the 1300 block of Mimosa Lane, and said he also had been charged in July with several other burglaries in the Fairland, Burtonsville, Tamarack and East Randolph Road sections of Silver Spring.

He is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center in lieu of $52,500 bond, officials said yesterday.

VIRGINIA

Lorton Girl, 7, Killed in Crash

A 7-year-old Lorton girl was killed yesterday when the car in which she was riding was struck by another car making a left turn onto Interstate 95. The driver of the other car and the girl's mother and sister escaped serious injury.

Police said Jasmine M. Craig was riding in the front seat of a 1996 Volkswagen Rabbit being driven by her mother, Deborah M. Craig, 33, of Hagel Circle in Lorton. Jasmine Craig was not in a child seat and was not wearing a seat belt, investigators said. Her 2-year-old sister, Ciara Craig, was strapped in a child seat in the back seat.

Shortly after 8 a.m., the Craigs were heading west on Lorton Road when their Rabbit was hit by a 1996 Buick Roadmaster driven by Carl E. Brown Jr., 63, of Princeton, N.J. Police said Brown was headed east and was trying to turn onto the southbound ramp of Interstate 95.

Brown was wearing a seat belt, and police do not believe alcohol or speed were involved in the crash. Police arrested Brown and charged him with reckless driving. His bond was set at $10,000, and he was being held in the Fairfax County jail last night.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has joined the Fairfax investigation into the crash, in part to learn how the Rabbit's deployed air bags affected Jasmine Craig. Police said anyone younger than 12 should ride in the back seat.

Teen Mother's Hearing Postponed

A court hearing scheduled for this morning in the case of the teenage mother charged with killing her 1-month-old baby in a microwave oven has been postponed, perhaps until November.

The hearing in a New Kent County court was to assign an attorney to Elizabeth Renee Otte, 19, but her family has hired Williamsburg lawyer Stephen Harris, who is out of town, according to his firm.

C. Linwood Gregory, the commonwealth's attorney in New Kent County, said the next legal step is likely to be a request to have Otte's competency evaluated by a psychiatrist and a neurologist. She has told family members that an epileptic seizure caused such severe confusion that she accidentally put the baby, Joseph Lewis Martinez, in the microwave, thinking it was a baby's bottle, according to friends.