MARYLAND

Man Convicted of Raping 16-Year-Old

A 40-year-old Olney man was convicted yesterday of raping a 16-year-old while she slept in his daughter's bedroom after she got drunk at a party, Montgomery County prosecutors said.

After two days of deliberations, a Montgomery jury convicted Robert James of second-degree rape and second-degree assault. His bond was revoked until his Jan. 27 sentencing hearing.

Assistant State's Attorney Kristen Bender said the teenager had been drinking at a party and had accepted a friend's invitation to "sleep it off" at her home next door. After the friend returned to the party, the teenager awoke to find her friend's father raping her, Bender said.

Prosecutors said they hoped parents would use the case to talk to their children about the dangers of becoming vulnerable to attacks after using drugs or alcohol.

Man's Body Found in Parking Lot

The body of a man was found last night lying in the parking lot of an industrial park in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County police said.

Joyce Barrow, a police spokeswoman, said early today that the death was being investigated as a possible homicide. She said the cause of death was unclear.

Two deliverymen discovered the unidentified man, who was clad in white working clothes, about 10 p.m. in the 7500 block of Lindbergh Drive and phoned police, Barrow said. She said robbery has not been ruled out as a motive.

Victim of Shooting, Crash Identified

Maryland State Police have identified a man who crashed into a pole early Sunday in St. Mary's County and later was found to have been shot in the head.

Darryl Ronnel Mackall, 19, of Great Mills, lost control of his 1989 Buick Riviera and hit a telephone pole as he drove north on Chancellors Run Road in the Great Mills area, said Lt. Joseph Barker, of the state police in Leonardtown.

Mackall initially was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown after his car was found shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. When emergency staff there discovered the bullet wound, he was transferred to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. Sunday, according to reports by the state police, who released few other details yesterday.

However, Rose Russ, Mackall's grandmother, said yesterday that Mackall had been involved in a fight Saturday evening at a bar in nearby Callaway. Russ said her grandson was at the bar with cousins and other relatives but left to take a friend home. After dropping the friend off, Russ said, Mackall was en route to his mother's house. Police said Mackall had been shot before the accident. Late yesterday, they said no suspects had been identified.

"He didn't smoke, didn't drink and was just a regular teen," Russ said of her grandson, who was the oldest of six children and a 1999 graduate of Great Mills High School. "We're just trying to hold up."

VIRGINIA

3 Injured in Series of Arlington Robberies

Three people were stabbed or cut in four weekend robberies in Arlington that police believe are part of a series of robberies in two neighborhoods in the county, police said yesterday. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.

Three of the robberies occurred in the Columbia Pike corridor and Barcroft neighborhoods between 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday, police said. The victims included a 22-year-old woman whose purse was snatched as she entered an apartment in the 800 block of South Greenbrier Street.

Two men, 24 and 36, were robbed in apartment buildings in the 900 block of South Buchanan Street and the 1200 block of South Thomas Street, police said. Both men were stabbed in the abdomen. The fourth robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. Friday in an apartment building in the 1500 block of South 28th Street in the Arna Valley neighborhood, when a 48-year-old man was cut several times and robbed of his wallet.

Police believe the weekend robberies may be related to five purse snatchings that occurred in the same areas during September and October. Some of the robberies have been committed by a pair of robbers.