Man arrested: A 20-year-old Fairfax County man was charged with two counts of attempted murder yesterday after he allegedly tried to attack a former girlfriend and her boyfriend with a knife, police said.

Police said Dwight B. Jenkins allegedly broke into his former girlfriend's home in the 8400 block of Hallie Rose Street about 2 a.m. and threatened to kill the couple during a struggle.

The 18-year-old woman had called police when the suspect was trying to break into her house. Police disarmed the suspect and there were no injuries, they said.

Jenkins, of the 5500 block of Sacramento Mews Place in the Woodlawn area, also was charged with burglary with intent to commit murder, destruction of private property and making threatening telephone calls, police said.

Abduction attempts: Prince William County police said yesterday that they believe the same man may have tried to abduct two people, including a 7-year-old girl, in a two-week period from a Home Depot store in Manassas.

Police said a man tried to abduct the Haymarket girl Tuesday from the store in the 7400 block of Stream Walk Lane, and a 33-year-old Gainesville woman Oct. 9. Neither person was injured, they said.

About 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the girl was sitting on a stool in the plumbing equipment aisle when a man grabbed her hand and shoulder, police said. The girl broke free and ran to her mother, who confronted the man. He fled through the front door.

About 3 p.m. Oct. 9, a man grabbed the Gainesville woman and then fled when she began screaming. Several employees and customers saw the incident, police said.

The suspect, a Hispanic man in his thirties, was wearing a white long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans during the first incident and blue jeans and a yellow shirt with black trim during the second, police said. In the second incident, the man was wearing a mustache. He is believed to be 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Police ask anyone with information about the cases to call them at 800-673-2777.


Officers wound suspect: Two police officers fired about eight shots and slightly wounded the driver of a van trying to run them down Wednesday night in Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

Three officers, whom police declined to identify yesterday because they perform undercover work, approached the van at Georgia Avenue and Allison Street NW about 6:30 p.m., police said.

The driver thrust the vehicle into reverse, crashed into another car, then accelerated at the officers, who opened fire, police said.

Officers pulled over the vehicle several blocks away and arrested a passenger. Police recovered a handgun, a shell casing and a bag of what they suspected to be marijuana at the scene of the stop, police said.

The driver of the van escaped but was later arrested when he visited an area hospital to be treated for his wounds, police said.

The men, whom police spokesmen could not identify, were charged with firearms violations, assault on a police officer and marijuana possession.


* A District man was killed early yesterday in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

The 32-year-old Southeast man, whose name was withheld because police had been unable to notify relatives of his death, was shot about 2 a.m. in the 5000 block of H Street SE, police said. He died at the scene.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at 202-727-9099.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.