Attempted Abduction of Girls Probed
Vienna police are investigating a burglary and what they called an attempted abduction of 10-year-old twin girls yesterday. The sisters' screams awakened their parents, who struggled with the intruder, said Capt. Michael Miller, acting police chief. The man fled.
About 12:30 a.m., police received a call of a burglary in progress in the 1000 block of Moorefield Hill Grove SW, Miller said.
The parents told the officers that they heard their daughters screaming and went to the girls' bedroom, on the second floor of their townhouse, where they saw a 6-foot, 180-pound man in black clothing and a black ski mask, Miller said.
"Both parents did get into a physical struggle with the man," Miller said. He added that the man ran down the stairs and fled through a sliding-glass door in the basement, which police said might have been unlocked and allowed the intruder to get in. Miller would not identify the family.
Miller said the incident was unusual for the town of 15,000. "This is something that is out of character for Vienna. I'm not saying we're immune, but this is not the norm. I've been here 21 years, and we've had two homicides."
Teen Dies After Car Hits Rail, Ejects Him
A 17-year-old from the Bailey's Crossroads area was fatally injured early yesterday when his car hit a guardrail in Herndon as he drove away from a police officer who was trying to pull him over, Herndon police said.
Ivan Bonilla Fuentes, a junior at J.E.B. Stuart High School, was driving alone with his lights off at 1 a.m. on Ferndale Avenue, said Sgt. Darcy Burns, a police spokeswoman. When the officer tried to get him to stop, the teenager drove away at high speed, his car went out of control and he was thrown from the vehicle, she said. After the crash, he was taken to Reston Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Fuentes moved to the United States four years ago from El Salvador, his father said last night.
Fuentes enjoyed playing soccer, was a good student and was respectful, Carlos Bonilla said. He said Fuentes was driving his mother's Toyota Tercel and might have been going to see his girlfriend.
"He was very full of life," Bonilla said. "We are destroyed."
Manassas Collision Kills Driver
A 26-year-old Manassas Park man died Friday afternoon after he pulled his FedEx truck in front of a construction truck on Route 28 in Manassas, Prince William County police spokesman John Bogert said.
Bernard H. Jones II was northbound on Route 28 alongside a Ford F-600 truck when he pulled in front of it, Bogert said. The construction truck hit his front driver's side, Bogert said.
The accident occurred in front of Anthony's Restaurant on Route 28, known as Centreville Road in that span of the thoroughfare, and blocked traffic for about two hours, Bogert said.
The truck driver suffered minor injuries. Alcohol and speed were not factors in the incident, Bogert said.
Rastafarians Defy Prison Beard Ban
State prison inmates who have been segregated for six years for violating grooming policies said they will continue to defy corrections officials.
"I'm a Rastafarian," Sussex I State Prison inmate Elton L. Williams wrote in a letter. "My dreadlocks and beard are fundamental tenets of my religion."
The letter, along with others, was sent to the Richmond Times-Dispatch last month. The inmates wrote that they will not comply with the Virginia Department of Corrections' 1999 inmate grooming policy because of their faith.
Man Dies in Gunfire After Break-In
A man who apparently had shot his son-in-law and daughter at their home in Bowie died last night after the son-in-law returned fire, Prince George's County police said.
About 11 p.m., a man armed with a shotgun broke into the home in the 8900 block of Chestnut Avenue, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman.
The man, whose name was not released, shot his son-in-law in the upper body, then shot his daughter, Richardson said. The son-in-law got a gun and fired back at his father-in-law, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The husband and wife were flown to hospitals with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, police said.
Richardson said it was not clear why the man broke into the house.
Police Check Ends With 33 DWI Charges
State and county police charged 33 people in Prince George's County with drunken driving Friday night during an enforcement effort in Landover. Officers said they targeted the area because it has the highest number of drunken-driving crashes in the state. In 2004, 120 people were killed in accidents on roads in Prince George's. Drugs or alcohol were linked to 47 of those crashes.
Police also arrested five people on outstanding warrants -- four for drug possession and one for carrying a loaded handgun.
Rescuers Find 2 Men in Car in Ravine
Montgomery County fire and rescue officials freed two men in their twenties early yesterday from a car that plummeted into a ravine off the Clara Barton Parkway.
Fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said crews responded to a call about 5:30 a.m. from D.C. police, who had found skid marks where the vehicle left the road.
Piringer said that someone in the car apparently called 911 earlier in the morning, but the caller didn't know where they were, so officers had to search for them.
The vehicle was found about a half-mile north of Chain Bridge, near Canal Road. It was balanced deep in the ravine, and those inside had to be delicately extracted. Piringer said it took crews about an hour to free the passengers, who were later hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
"When fireworks are happening in Rosslyn or the Mall, I can see them out my window. I had no idea what it was. It sounded like series of explosions."
-- Daniel Ostick, who was at home in his condo
on Columbia Road and 16th Street NW when he heard
the Saturday night fireworks display at the Kennedy Center. -- A1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Nikita Stewart, Joshua Partlow, Martin Weil and Allison Klein and the Associated Press.