THE REGION

Arrest in Hotel Robberies A Northwest Washington man was charged yesterday in six hotel robberies this year in the District and Arlington, and police in both jurisdictions say he is under investigation in other, similar robberies.

D.C. police charged George C. Haynes, 24, of the 1400 block of U Street NW, in five armed robberies after he turned himself in on a warrant for a parole violation. The hotels included the Marriott Wardman Park in the 2600 block of Woodley Road NW and the Topaz Hotel in the 1700 block of N Street NW, police said.

After Haynes's arrest in the District, police in Arlington issued a warrant against him in connection with a July 16 hotel robbery. Police there said they are investigating him in at least eight other hotel robberies in the Rosslyn area. The robberies cited in the charges filed yesterday started in April and continued through late August, police said.

Haynes is expected to be arraigned today in D.C. Superior Court.

THE DISTRICT

Brief Escape Three youths briefly escaped from custody yesterday while being transported to juvenile court hearings in the District, officials said.

The teenagers, who were in leg shackles and handcuffs, broke an emergency window on a bus and jumped out about 8 a.m. in the 1700 block of East Capitol Street, authorities said.

A 16- and a 17-year-old were captured within minutes in a nearby alley. An 18-year-old was arrested by D.C. police about two hours later on a Metro bus at 17th and C streets NE, authorities said.

City officials said 15 youths were on the bus, which was traveling from the Oak Hill juvenile facility in Maryland to D.C. Superior Court.

VIRGINIA

Slaying Victim Identified A woman whose body was found Tuesday morning near Falls Church was identified yesterday as Jaimie J. Coate, 31, and she had been stabbed and beaten, Fairfax County police said.

A landscape worker found Coate's body near a large utility box in the 7200 block of Lee Highway, just east of Graham Road. Police initially thought that blunt force trauma might have been the cause of death, but an autopsy yesterday revealed that stab wounds to Coate's upper body killed her.

Police said Coate lived in Falls Church, but little information was available about her, and investigators were still trying to notify her family. Her death is the 14th homicide in Fairfax this year, four more than in 2004 or 2003.

Sex Charge A 23-year-old Manassas man was arrested Sunday on charges that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at a party at his home, Prince William County police said.

Brian J. Raskin, of the 8700 block of Bradley Forge Drive, was charged with aggravated sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he allegedly touched the girl inappropriately while she was at his home about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The girl told her parents about the alleged incident when she got home, and they called police.

Raskin is being held without bond.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.