Sixth Arrest in Fatal Beating

Another person turned himself in to police in the June 4 beating death of Silver Spring high school student Malik D. McCoy, bringing to six the number of people charged in the case.

Dante Farrah, 17, of the 13900 block of Valleyfield Drive in Silver Spring, turned himself in Friday, Montgomery County police said. He was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and was being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on $1 million bond.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Sovanary Yoeun, 22.

Court documents allege that at least seven people attacked McCoy, 16, and his friend Christopher Honore outside an apartment building in the Longmead Crossing neighborhood. Witnesses told police that McCoy and Parker had an altercation at school on the day of the fight.

3 Morning Fires Near Rockville

Three fires caused nearly $50,000 in damage near Rockville yesterday morning, and at least two of them might have been set intentionally, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Whether the fires are connected is "certainly one thing that they're looking into because of the geography and the time frame," Piringer said.

The first suspicious fire started about 4:30 a.m. in the 4400 block of Gridley Road, a residential area near Veirs Mill and Randolph roads, and destroyed a 2002 Toyota pickup worth about $18,000. About an hour later, vandals threw bricks through the front of the Tijuana Mexican Cafe at 2007 Veirs Mill Rd. and set a fire inside, Piringer said, causing $10,000 damage.

About 5:45 a.m., firefighters found a 2002 Jeep Liberty engulfed in flames in a driveway at a home in the 15200 block of Avery Road, causing about $20,000 damage. Piringer said that fire does not appear to be suspicious, and officials were examining the vehicle's maintenance records.

Calvert Accident Leaves 1 Dead

One person died in a traffic accident at Route 4 and Patuxent Point Parkway in Calvert County yesterday afternoon, Calvert's control center said.

Officials would not release the victim's name or any other details.


Armed Robbers Hit NE Bank

Several masked men with automatic weapons robbed a Northeast Washington bank yesterday morning, escaping with an undetermined amount of cash, FBI special agent Elisa Foster said.

The men entered Industrial Bank, at 2012 Rhode Island Ave. NE, at 10:45 a.m. One shot was fired, but no one was injured, Foster said.

This is the fifth bank robbery this year, including two in Prince George's County, where heavily armed masked bandits have struck and escaped.

As in the other incidents, the vehicles used in the getaway have been found abandoned or burned. Police found one vehicle at 19th Street NE and a second at 30th and Shepherd streets in Mount Rainier.

Officials ask anyone with information to call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or D.C. police at 202-727-9099.


2 Hurt on Fairfax Festival Ride

Two people were injured last night on a ride at the annual Celebrate Fairfax! festival at the Fairfax County Government Center, authorities said.

The injuries were described as relatively minor and not life-threatening. The ride, described as taking passengers through a maze-like enclosure, was shut down after the 6:30 p.m. accident pending results of an inspection, according to a festival spokeswoman. Other rides and activities continued, and the festival resumes today, the spokeswoman said.


2 Die in Tractor-Trailer Collision

Traffic was snarled for several hours yesterday on Interstate 81 south of Martinsburg, W.Va., after two tractor-trailers collided, exploded and caught fire, killing two people, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

The collision occurred about 8:15 a.m. when a tractor-trailer heading south crossed the median into the northbound lane and struck the other vehicle, Cpl. Willie Johnson said. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

One of the trucks was transporting cargo for Family Dollar Stores, Johnson said. The other was so badly damaged that officials were uncertain what it was carrying.

"Someone asked me, 'Are you up to it?' Damn right, I'm up to it! With age comes wisdom."

-- Former mayor Marion Barry, announcing plans

to run for the D.C. Council. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lila Arzua, Clarence Williams, Martin Weil, Karin Brulliard and Yolanda Woodlee and the Associated Press.