Arrest Made in Fatal November Crash
A Silver Spring man accused of being the driver in a crash last month that killed two men on the Dulles Toll Road was arrested late Tuesday by Montgomery County police on three Virginia charges of hit-and-run.
Virginia State Police discovered a crumpled Honda Accord shortly before noon Nov. 26 in a wooded area between the toll road and the exit to the Capital Beltway. Inside the car were passengers Rodrigo Ramirez-Villatoro, 31, and Jose Ramirez-Alvarez, 22, both of Hyattsville. Police suspected the driver had fled the scene hours earlier.
Investigators now believe that the accident occurred about 1 a.m. that day and that a total of six men were riding in the Accord, which had been stolen from a Vienna area woman three days earlier. At least one of the four survivors was hurled from the car unconscious but later awoke and fled, police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.
This week, Montgomery police arrested Hugo Alexander Sanchez, 25, of the 12000 block of Valleywood Drive, on the hit-and-run warrants. State police say the investigation is continuing. Fairfax police have not charged anyone in the carjacking.
Fraud Victim Convicted of Bilking Couple
A Springfield businessman who bilked a Maryland couple of $242,000 to pay for his participation in a fraudulent get-rich-quick scheme was convicted yesterday of two counts of wire fraud by a federal court jury in Alexandria.
Xinhua "William" Wang, 51, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 25. According to court documents, Wang received a letter offering him $9 million if he would allow $32 million belonging to the Nigerian government to be "parked" in his U.S. bank account. The scheme has been floating around the Washington area for a number of years and has snared numerous victims, law enforcement officials said. Wang was asked to pay a series of advance fees totaling $833,000.
Wang invested his own money and about $300,000 of a business partner's money and then turned to his travel agent, Teresa Lee, according to a motion by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas H. McQuillan. Wang told Lee a tale about having a contract to supply computers to Nigeria and persuaded her and her husband to invest $242,500. When a year went by without a return on her money, Lee went to the FBI. A first trial ended in a hung jury in October.
Deaths, Police Shooting Investigated
D.C. police yesterday were investigating two unrelated deaths and the shooting of a suspect by an undercover officer.
In one incident, an unidentified pedestrian was struck by a car in what police believe was a hit-and-run accident. He was found lying in the 900 block of N Street NW about 4 a.m. The man, who was about 30, died at Howard University Hospital about 25 minutes later, police said.
Later in the day, about 8:25 p.m., an undercover police officer shot and wounded an 18-year-old man, who police say pulled out a gun. The incident occurred in the 4600 block of Hunt Place NE when the officer tried to arrest the man on a drug charge, police said. The man was listed in serious condition at Prince George's Hospital Center, authorities said.
On Tuesday, a man was shot and killed in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue NW about 9 p.m. Police said yesterday that they know of no motive. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.