Teen Slaying Case A Germantown man charged in the slaying of a recent Damascus High School graduate was ordered held without bail yesterday.

Tristen M. Bryant, 18, of the 12100 block of Songbird Lane, is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and other crimes in the slaying of Ezekiel Oak Babendreier, 18.

Davonte O. Sharpe, 15, is also charged with first-degree murder in the June 12 slaying, which occurred near a birthday party in Germantown that Babendreier was attending. Police are searching for a third suspect in the slaying.

Fraud Settlement Former investment banker Nathan A. Chapman Jr., convicted last year of defrauding the Maryland state pension system, among other crimes, agreed yesterday to pay $215,000 to settle the three remaining criminal charges he faced.

Under the agreement, Chapman, 47, admitted that he committed bank fraud in connection with the sale of a home in Howard County and that he is guilty of the three offenses. In return, federal prosecutors in Baltimore agreed to drop the charges and a related forfeiture claim if Chapman makes the payment to the government within 60 days.

Chapman, a former chairman of the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents, was sentenced in November to more than seven years in prison for defrauding the state retirement system of nearly $5 million and looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies under his control. He remains free pending the outcome of an appeal.


Father Charged A Lorton man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly left his 3-year-old son locked inside his car in Merrifield for half an hour, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

A passerby saw the boy in the car at the Merrifield Plaza shopping complex about 3 p.m. Saturday and called for help. Fairfax fire and rescue personnel opened the car and removed the child. The high temperature Saturday was 81 degrees about 3 p.m., according to weather reports.

Police obtained a warrant charging Son Ngoc Ho, 39, of the 7800 block of Lewis Chapel Road, with felony child endangerment.

I-66 Crash A truck driver from Wilmington, Del., has been charged with reckless driving in a fiery crash Saturday on Interstate 66 in Vienna that injured six people, none seriously, Virginia State Police said yesterday.

Investigators believe that Kennard D. McAlmont, 49, was unable to stop his tanker before it slammed into the rear of a minivan near the Nutley Street exit about 9:45 p.m. That started a chain reaction, which caused three other vehicles to be hit and sparked a fire in the minivan and in the cab of McAlmont's truck, said Sgt. Terry Licklider.

McAlmont's tanker was carrying liquid latex, but the tanker did not ignite, police said. McAlmont's cab and the minivan were destroyed by the fire. The eastbound lanes of I-66 were closed for more than an hour, and Metro train service between the Vienna and Dunn Loring stations was suspended for an hour.

Marijuana Bust Authorities in Virginia said yesterday that they have seized $3.2 million worth of marijuana from two "expertly converted" houses outside Fredericksburg and Richmond, Virginia State Police said yesterday.

The seizures Thursday at homes in Caroline and Powhatan counties netted 1,084 high-quality marijuana plants and three pounds of processed marijuana, according to a news release. It said the homes were "fitted with extensive ventilation systems and illegal electrical circuits to support all stages of plant development."

On Friday, authorities arrested David Trc Luong, 36, of Colonial Heights, south of Richmond. He faces three charges each in Caroline and Powhatan of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, manufacturing and possessing with the intent to distribute. Police are looking for Luu Dinh, 35, of Tappahannock.

Armed Robbery Three juveniles, ages 14 to 17, were arrested last weekend on armed robbery charges after they allegedly held up a 22-year-old man at gunpoint at a Woodbridge shopping center, Prince William County police said.

The three teenagers -- a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, all from Woodbridge -- demanded $1 from the man as he was walking outside the Marumsco Plaza about 10 p.m. Saturday, said Officer John Bogert, a police spokesman. The boy then passed a semiautomatic handgun to the 17-year-old girl, who pointed the weapon at the man; the 14-year-old girl then took more than $100 from the man's pockets, Bogert said.

The juveniles fled in a maroon car. Police stopped a car and arrested three teenagers, who were held without bond pending a court hearing.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.