5 teens charged: Four 15-year-olds and one 17-year-old from the District have been arrested and charged in three carjackings and three other street robberies committed in Montgomery County during a two-day period, county police said yesterday.

Police said cars were taken at gunpoint Aug. 21 and 22 in Rockville, Glen Echo and Bethesda. In the other robberies, people armed with handguns drove up to pedestrians and obtained property, police said. Police said a fingerprint from one of the stolen cars led to the arrests.

Murder sentence: A Prince George's County judge sentenced a young Lanham man yesterday to life in prison without parole for his role in the July 2003 murder of a Mitchellville doctor.

Circuit Court Judge Thomas P. Smith sentenced Arthur J. Royal, 19, after Royal was found guilty of felony murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and using a handgun during a crime of violence in the killing of Thomas A. Gay, who was shot and robbed July 22, 2003, prosecutors said. He died three days later.

Christopher Kargbo is scheduled to be retried for murder in the case Jan. 10. Kargbo's first trial ended in a hung jury.

Banks robbed: Two banks were robbed in Montgomery County yesterday, one in Bethesda and the other in Silver Spring.

A man who showed a note demanding money held up the Provident Bank in the 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue about 11:10 a.m.

About 2:20 p.m. another man, who "implied he had a weapon" robbed the Colombo Bank in the 8600 block of Colesville Road.


Charges in killing: A District man has been arrested in the killing of a Northwest man, police said.

Michael A. Tobias, 23, of the 5000 block of Hunt Place NE was charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 24 slaying of Michael Watts, 20, of the 500 block of Irving Street NW. Watts was shot once in the 800 block of 50th Street NE.

Deaths ruled homicides: The D.C. medical examiner's office has determined that two men found dead in the trunk of a stolen car several months ago were homicide victims, but authorities have been unable to determine how the men were killed, investigators said.

Harvey L. Sumner, 58, and James L. Harris, 65, were found in Southeast Washington on June 7. Police believe the men had been in the trunk at least 10 days. No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099.

Man held in deaths: A District man accused of driving a car that struck and killed two young children in Northeast Washington last month was ordered held without bail by a D.C. Superior Court judge yesterday after a preliminary hearing.

Eric Palmer is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Christopher Suydan Jr., 7, and Octavia Suydan, 8, on Sept. 11. Authorities said that Palmer was driving 45 to 47 mph when he ran into the children as they crossed Florida Avenue at 12th Street NE, police said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.