Deportation proceedings: Two dozen people were arrested in the Baltimore-Washington region this month as part of a national roundup intended to deport illegal residents convicted of sex crimes in the United States, officials said yesterday.

Deportation proceedings for the offenders have begun, said Jamie Zuieback, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The arrests in Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, Cecil and Baltimore counties, as well as Baltimore City, were the result of Operation Predator, an initiative aimed at protecting children from illegal residents convicted of sex crimes and child pornography charges, Zuieback said. She said agents worked with Maryland agencies and Montgomery police on the roundup, which began Aug. 5 and ended Tuesday.

Fatal shooting: A 21-year-old Howard County man was shot and killed in Laurel on Monday night, police said. The man, identified by Prince George's County police as Christopher R. Brumfield, was struck several times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene in the 9000 block of Contee Road.

Police said Brumfield, of the 8900 block of Mallard Court in Columbia, was on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building where a 20-year-old friend was visiting two girls when someone approached and fired several shots. Brumfield's friend was also hit but he survived, police said.


Car chase: An unarmed man rammed a stolen truck into a police car and struck two other vehicles as he led police through Northwest Washington yesterday, officials said. Four police officers, three other people and the suspect suffered minor injuries.

The incident began about 10 a.m., when the suspect stole the van of a driver who was delivering wine in the 2300 block of L Street NW, police said.

The suspect ran traffic lights and drove on the wrong side of the street, hitting a police officer and cruiser and two cars as he tried to flee, Lt. Robert Glover said. Charges are pending, and the man's name was not immediately released.


Attempted abduction: A Chantilly woman fended off a pipe-wielding man who apparently was trying to abduct her Tuesday night, and police quickly found a suspect and arrested him nearby, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The 42-year-old victim told police that she was getting into her car in the 4500 block of Singer Court about 7:45 p.m. when a man with a pipe approached and tried to force his way into the car, police said. The woman began screaming and he fled. Witnesses and a police helicopter helped find the alleged attacker moments later, and the woman was not injured.

Police charged Robert E. Sheffler III, 21, with attempted abduction. Sheffler, of the 1450 block of Swiss Air Place in Chantilly, was being held in the Fairfax jail last night without bond.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.