VIRGINIA

Father Pleads Guilty in Death

A Dale City man pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of felony murder and one count of child abuse for his role in the shaking death of his 7-week-old son.

Ricardo Robles, 21, entered his plea in Prince William County Circuit Court. Police detectives said that Robles admitted shaking his infant son, Jesus, on several occasions and that he slammed the baby's head into the floor, causing a massive skull fracture.

The infant died June 11 after spending six days on life support. Robles initially had told police differing stories about how the baby was injured, but he later told detectives that he shook the infant several times over four days because he couldn't deal with the baby's crying.

Robles could get a maximum of 50 years in prison for the two convictions, but the commonwealth's attorney's office said that state sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 13 to 15 years. Robles is to be sentenced in mid-February.

Naked Act of Car Theft Alleged

As the dripping wet man, wearing only his tennis shoes, came running toward them at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, a Falls Church couple could only watch in amazement. But when the man jumped in the couple's Chevrolet Blazer and drove off, the couple decided to do more than just watch.

The Falls Church man jumped into the couple's nearby Honda Civic, sped off after the Blazer and blocked it in a short distance away, where Fairfax County police arrested the driver of the Blazer, authorities said.

Police said the incident began behind a McLean home in the 1700 block of Macon Street. A homeowner there told police that he had confronted a man in the family hot tub and that the man had told him he was taking a bath. The intruder climbed out of the tub, clad only in sneakers, picked up his clothes and walked away. Officers followed the trail of water, but found only the man's clothes behind Kent Gardens Elementary School.

Police caught up with the man not far away, after the Blazer and the Civic collided at Old Dominion Drive and Holmes Place.

Police charged Brian M. Fay, 45, of Churchill Road in McLean, with one count of grand larceny and misdemeanor charges of assault, unlawful entry and destruction of private property. Police said they had picked up Fay two days earlier walking without clothes in a McLean office building and had taken him to a mental health center.

Slaying Suspect Sought

Fauquier County investigators searched yesterday for Frank Eugene Brown, a 43-year-old man who eluded a police manhunt Sunday evening after he allegedly shot his sister's fiance at the supper table as she and her three young children looked on, authorities said.

Killed by the single shotgun burst that was fired into a window of the New Baltimore area home was Thomas W. Marquart, 37, a baker.

Fauquier Sheriff Joseph Higgs Jr. (R) said a motive was not known. Neighbors said Brown had been living off and on with his sister and Marquart at the ranch-style home and often fought loudly with them.

Higgs said Brown fled on foot from the scene. Neighbors said he recently had been released from jail.

Indecent Exposer Sought

Fairfax County police were searching yesterday for a man who exposed himself Sunday in front of two 11-year-old girls showering in the locker room of the Wakefield recreation center in the Annandale area.

The incident happened around 5:45 p.m. at the center at 8100 Braddock Rd., police said. The man fled and the girls reported the incident to staff, police said.

THE DISTRICT

Commander Demoted for Prank

A veteran D.C. police commander has been demoted to captain after an internal probe confirmed that he pulled a gun on a detective as a prank, police announced yesterday.

Thomas McGuire, who headed the special investigations unit, had been suspended with pay last week pending an investigation. He was accused of pulling a gun on a detective in police headquarters on Nov. 22.

His replacement has not been named, the department said.

Bribery Probe Targets Officers

A group of D.C. police officers are under investigation for allegedly taking bribes for giving special protection to a nightclub during Howard University's homecoming in October, police said.

The officers allegedly were on duty and in uniform when they provided security at the Zanzibar club in Southwest.

Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said police are investigating whether the officers were paid by the club. The club's owner did not return a phone call.

MARYLAND

Unorthodox Discipline Probed

Montgomery County authorities are investigating allegations that Recreation Department employees stripped tape across the mouths of two children to discipline them during an after-school program at an elementary school in Silver Spring.

Calling such an act "not in any way" an approved practice, Greg Bayor, chief of the Recreation Department, said the two employees, high school students hired as program aides, have been suspended "until we get to the bottom of this."

The incident allegedly occurred Friday during an after-school program for children in up to sixth grade. The after-school program generally is staffed by three adults and three program aides, Bayor said. He said he understood that the police juvenile services unit is taking part in the investigation.

Slaying Suspects Waive Hearing

Two Kent County brothers accused in the Dec. 4 shooting death of a 73-year-old woman as she drove home from Christmas shopping waived their scheduled bail hearing yesterday and chose to remain in jail.

No new date has been set for David Starkey, 24, and Daniel Starkey, 19, who are charged with murder and attempted murder in the shotgun attack on the car in which Germaine Clarkston and two other women were returning home from Delaware. Clarkston was mortally wounded, and the other two received slight injuries.

The FBI is investigating whether the shooting was racially motivated. Clarkston was black; the Starkeys are white.

Montgomery DWI Crackdown

The Montgomery County task force assigned to curb drunken and drugged driving during the holidays has arrested 155 people for allegedly driving while intoxicated and issued 70 citations to underage drinkers in its first two weeks of operation, police officials said yesterday.

The task force will stage sobriety checkpoints and station officers at major intersections through New Year's Day.