Strangling of Bicyclist Remains Mystery
Naked Alexandria Man Near Scene Questioned
U.S. Park Police are searching for clues in the killing of a bicyclist who was found slain along a popular bike and jogging path on Daingerfield Island in Alexandria over the Memorial Day weekend.
Police said Mark Creasy, 48, was strangled and his body found with his helmet on. Police are focusing on whether there is a connection between Creasy's death and the arrest of a naked man who ran across the George Washington Memorial Parkway about a half-mile away within an hour of the body's discovery.
When confronted by police, the man threw a bottle at two officers, kicked others and tried to bite at least one officer. The man, Andre D. Suggs, 35, of Alexandria, was charged with six counts of assaulting a police officer.
Suspect Arrested in Richmond Slayings
Police Believe Man Knew, Targeted 3 Victims
Police arrested a suspect in the fatal shootings of three people Wednesday evening on Richmond's Southside.
Authorities said they believe that Daniel Bowler, 26, knew and targeted the victims, who were shot in a 15-minute period. One was killed outside a public housing complex; the others were shot in their shops in front of customers. Authorities said Bowler will be charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
Authorities initially described the shootings as possible hate crimes after witnesses said the gunman shouted racial epithets at two victims, Abdulrahman Aldhabhani, 43, a Yemeni store clerk, and Jong Doh, 39, a Korean shop owner. The assailant's first victim, Derrick Conner, 29, was black, as is Bowler. Authorities said they no longer believe the slayings to be bias-related.
VDOT Chief Resigning for Family Time
Shucet Credited With Stabilizing Finances
Philip A. Shucet, who was appointed a little more than three years ago by Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) to restore fiscal discipline and public trust in the Virginia Department of Transportation, announced that he is resigning as commissioner at the end of the month.
Shucet, whose family remained in Virginia Beach while he worked in Richmond, said that he wants to spend more time near his family and that he expects to return to the private-sector career he put on hold to take over VDOT.
MS-13 Suspected in Machete Attack
Teen Wounded Escaping Group in Springfield
Authorities suspect that members of the violent Mara Salvatrucha street gang -- at least two of them wielding machetes -- chased and then slashed an 18-year-old Springfield man Sunday.
Fairfax County police did not disclose the attack until it was revealed in court documents Thursday.
The attack, about 8 p.m., occurred on Augusta Drive in the Lynbrook neighborhood of Springfield, just west of Interstate 95. The victim told police that he saw several young men playing basketball outside 6807 Lynbrook Dr. and that one of the men flashed a hand signal indicating loyalty to Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.
A police spokeswoman said that the victim's injuries were not life-threatening and that he was treated at a hospital and released. She said that a juvenile suspect was being questioned yesterday but that no charges had been filed.
Across the Region
Whitman-Walker Contracts; D.C. Ponders Ferry
* The financially troubled Whitman-Walker Clinic will pull out of the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs, lay off nearly one-fourth of its staff of 260 and cut programs to stabilize the organization's finances. To save money, the clinic will terminate its work in Arlington and Takoma Park, locations where the organization serves more than 600 people with HIV or AIDS.
* The District's Department of Transportation is considering proposals for a commuter ferry service on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers and hopes to have a vessel on the water by spring, officials said. At least four companies have expressed interest in securing the $500,000 contract for an 18-month pilot program that would run a water coach or ferry.