Fatal crash: Prince George's County police said yesterday that they were searching for the driver of a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse that veered off a road in Chillum and crashed into a house late Sunday, killing the car's lone passenger.

Cpl. Kim Brown said the incident occurred in the 1900 block of Charleston Place, near Riggs Road, about 8:30 p.m. The passenger, identified as Julian Ramos, 21, of the 8100 block of 15th Avenue in the Hyattsville area, was pronounced dead a short time later at Washington Hospital Center.

Brown said authorities are investigating the wreck as a hit-and-run. The driver fled the area on foot, she said.


Gun at school: A 16-year-old student at the New Directions Alternative Center in Prince William County was arrested yesterday after she brought an unloaded pellet gun to the school and showed it off, Prince William police said.

Police spokesman Dennis Mangan said that he did not know why the girl brought the gun to school but that she was not plotting to harm anyone. No one was hurt.

The gun was not functional and was missing parts, said Principal Elmer Magyar. The school went on lockdown for 15 to 20 minutes until police arrived.

The girl has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property and was being held without bond at the county juvenile detention center.

BB-gun shooting: Four teenage boys have been charged in a Halloween-night BB-gun shooting that injured a 14-year-old Loudoun County girl, officials said yesterday.

Three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old were each charged with four counts of malicious wounding, one count of brandishing a weapon and one count of underage possession of a firearm, said sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell.

Troxell said witnesses reported that the boys fired into a crowd of about 20 teenagers outside a Sterling house, striking four people. The girl, who was struck between the nose and eye, was treated at Loudoun Hospital for facial wounds; three other teenagers who were hit did not require medical treatment.

Manassas shooting: At least one person was shot during a fight in the Georgetown South area of Manassas yesterday, Manassas police said. After the shooting in the 9200 block of Taney Road, both the victim and the suspect fled the area.

Police said a large group of people had congregated on the sidewalk about 3:30 p.m. when neighbors heard two to three gunshots and called police.

Everyone in the group dispersed before police arrived, said Lt. Carl Crawford of the Manassas police department. Police do not know whether the shooting was gang-related.

Abuse indictment: An Arlington grand jury yesterday indicted Thomas R. Koucky on a charge of sexually abusing a teenage boy, prosecutors said.

Koucky, 41, was indicted on one felony count of carnal knowledge of a minor, said Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Theophani K. Stamos. He is accused of molesting the teenager over several years, according to authorities.

Koucky was indicted in Prince William County in September on several counts of indecent liberties and carnal knowledge of a minor, and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

False report: An Alexandria woman has been charged with filing a false police report claiming that a 2-year-old girl was abducted last week, police said.

Alexandra C. Morales, 27, told police that the child's mother, Mariel Aracely Montiel, 26, had abducted Ashley, police said. Morales had legal custody of the child, they said.

Detectives determined that the abduction report was false, police said. The mother and her daughter, who was unharmed, were found at an Alexandria apartment, police said. Police made an appeal last week to the public for information about the child and her mother's whereabouts.

Shot fired: Arlington County police are investigating a burglary yesterday in which the homeowner fired a shot at the intruder, who then fled, police said.

Police said it is unclear whether the intruder, who tried to enter the residence in the 2400 block of South 26th Road about 6 a.m., was wounded. The investigation is continuing, police said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.