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Reward offered: Federal and local officials announced yesterday a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of heavily armed bandits who have robbed five banks in the Washington area since Jan. 22 using assault rifles.

Three of the robberies have been in Washington and two in Prince George's County.

Anyone with information is urged to call 202-278-2000.

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Murder conviction: A 19-year-old man was convicted in D.C. Superior Court yesterday of killing one man in Northeast Washington and trying to kill another, the U.S. attorney's office said.

In an Oct. 25, 2002, shooting in the 1100 block of 21st Street NE, Pierre Johnson opened fire on two men, killing Larry Bullock, 26, and wounding another man, prosecutors said.

Johnson, of the 2100 block of I Street NE, was found guilty of first-degree murder, assault with intent to kill, aggravated assault and two firearms charges.


Credit card fraud: A Prince George's County couple pleaded guilty yesterday to manufacturing fake credit cards.

Francis E. Fletcher Jr., 36, and Michele Fletcher, 31, were arrested last year after they were caught on camera using a La Plata woman's credit card numbers to buy DVD players at a Germantown Target Superstore. They used other people's Social Security numbers to make counterfeit driver's licenses with their own pictures for nearly two years, according to a statement of facts.

When their Glenn Dale home was searched, police found equipment for making credit cards, more than 40,000 allegedly stolen names and credit card numbers and more than 100 newly made cards with Visa logos under 100 different names. The couple faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine at sentencing Sept. 14.

Fatal shootings: The second of two men shot Monday night in Capitol Heights has died, Prince George's County police said. The two were identified as Anthony T. Brocks, 37, of the 1500 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW in the District and James E. Graham, 20, of the 3800 block of Swann Road in Suitland.

Brocks was found dead about 10 p.m. in the 6800 block of Walker Mill Road. Graham died at a hospital after he was found in the 6300 block of Addison Road.

Authorities said evidence recovered from both locations led them to conclude that the same person or group of persons is responsible for both homicides.

Youth indicted: A Montgomery County grand jury yesterday indicted a District youth on charges of first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in connection with a stabbing near a Gaithersburg nightclub, authorities said.

Calvin Bates, 17, is charged as an adult. Prosecutors allege that about 2 a.m. April 24, he stabbed, kicked and punched Dior Poteat after Poteat came out of the nightclub in the 9000 block of Gaither Road. Bates also was indicted on a charge of making a false statement to a police officer.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.