MARYLAND

Four charged in killing: Anne Arundel County police have obtained warrants charging four men, three of whom remain at large, with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Noah J. Jones outside a party in Pasadena late Sunday night.

Police say Jones and two others were summoned to the party in the 700 block of 205th Street by a friend who apparently was being threatened by others at the gathering. Jones, of the 800 block of the same street, and the other two men then became involved in an altercation with the group that had been threatening their friend. All three suffered blunt-force injuries to the head and neck. An autopsy will be performed on Jones to determine the exact cause of death.

David M. George, 19, of Glen Burnie, has been charged with first-degree murder. Still at large yesterday were Joshua D. Bradley, 20, and Jacob T. Fortney, 18, both of Pasadena, and Richard E. McLeod, 18, of Chestertown.

VIRGINIA

Man beaten, robbed: A Reston man, out for a walk Saturday near the North Point Village Shopping Center, was robbed and beaten at gunpoint by five people, apparently teenagers, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The mugging occurred about 11 p.m. as the man walked in the 1500 block of North Point Drive. The 41-year-old man told police he was chased by four males and a female, several wearing different-colored bandanas on their heads. The man ran toward his apartment but was caught, and one young man brandished a handgun and demanded cash, police said.

The man handed over his wallet, and the gunman then struck the man in the head with the butt of the gun. Another assailant hit the man with an unknown object in the back of the head, police said. The group then ran toward the shopping center. The victim was treated for minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

Attack thwarted: A woman who was being attacked in the stairwell of a Springfield apartment building screamed for help Saturday afternoon, and two men came to her rescue, fended off her assailant and helped officers make an arrest, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The incident occurred in the 6100 block of Backlick Road. Officer Bud Walker, a Fairfax police spokesman, said a man grabbed a 28-year-old woman about 3:30 p.m. and began pulling her down the stairs on her back while she resisted. Two men heard her cries for help and not only pushed the man off the woman, Walker said, but fought him off when he made a second attempt to attack her.

The men then pointed out the suspect's location to police, Walker said. Police arrested Carlos Escoto-Mendoza, 34, of the 6100 block of Backlick Road, and he was charged with abduction with the intent to defile. Walker said the victim and suspect did not know each other. Escoto-Mendoza was being held without bond last night in the Fairfax County jail.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.