Police Impersonator Montgomery County police were searching yesterday for a man impersonating a police officer who allegedly pulled over a woman on Middlebrook Road in Germantown, handcuffed her and drove her away.

It was unclear whether the woman, 18, had been assaulted. But she told police that a man, described as white, about 6 feet tall, with short blond hair and wearing a badge, gun belt and shoulder microphone, pulled behind her in a dark Ford Taurus with red and blue lights on the dashboard.

Just after midnight, the man handcuffed her and drove her away, police said. The woman said she fell asleep and woke up about two hours later near her car.

Stolen Cars Two men accused of using tow trucks to steal cars have been arrested by the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

Terrance D. Dyson, 42, of Brandywine and Derrick Leftridge, 34, of Waldorf are accused of towing mostly older cars from the parking lots of businesses to sell for a salvage fee in Prince George's County and Baltimore.


Fatal Shooting A 21-year-old Maryland man was fatally shot Monday in Northeast Washington, police said yesterday.

Edward Davis of the 1800 block of Deanwood Drive in Fairmount Heights was found shot about 2:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of 50th Street, police said. He died about three hours later at a hospital.

Murder Charge A 39-year-old Virginia man was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying last week of a Baltimore woman in a Northwest Washington apartment building.

Carlos Melendez of Woodbridge was arrested at his workplace, a construction site in the 7900 block of Woodruff Court in Springfield, by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, police said.

He is accused of strangling Mayra Margot Gutierez, 31, whose body was found in the stairwell of an apartment building in the 3100 block of 16th Street on June 5.

City Sued The family of a man who police say was slain in a D.C. government building that houses a nightclub has filed a $10 million civil suit against the District and the owners of the nightspot.

The suit states that Terrence Brown, 31, was stabbed Feb. 13 at Club U, which is operated out of the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U streets NW. His body was then dragged out of the club by bouncers, the suit alleges. Police and city lawyers have complained that the club is to blame for a "persistent pattern" of violence in the neighborhood.

City authorities are seeking to have Club U's liquor license revoked. David Wilmot, an attorney for the club, said he will "vigorously defend" the club against the suit.


Victim Identified Arlington County police identified the man slain Monday evening in a parking lot behind a small strip mall as Daniel A. Lopez, 39.

Lopez, of Alexandria, was in the 2900 block of Columbia Pike when he was shot about 7:25 p.m., said police spokesman Matt Martin.

Police said witnesses described the shooter as a heavyset Latino man with long, curly hair. He was last seen leaving the area on foot. Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

No New Trial The Virginia Court of Appeals denied a new trial yesterday for a woman suffering from a dissociative disorder who was convicted of killing her husband.

The 7 to 3 decision by the full appeals court reversed a three-judge panel's ruling that Janice L. Orndorff of Prince William County was entitled to a new trial. Orndorff was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting Goerig Gustav Orndorff five times on March 20, 2000, their seventh wedding anniversary.

She said she shot her husband in self-defense when he came at her with a knife and a baseball bat.

Pastor Charged An associate pastor at a Springfield church has been charged with molesting a 4-year-old girl, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

Rafael Arteaga, 58, was arrested Monday night at his home, across the street from the rear parking lot of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, at 5800 Backlick Rd. He is being held without bond on a forcible sodomy charge, police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said.

The attack took place Thursday in the church, police said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.