Driver pleads guilty
in pedestrian death

A Capitol Heights man pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter after driving a vehicle into a crosswalk while high on PCP last year and fatally striking a pedestrian.

Woodrow R. Johnson, 52, faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced for the Nov. 8 death of Shamika Smith, 24.

According to prosecutors, Johnson was speeding in his employer’s van, swerved around vehicles that were waiting at a red light on Benning Road SE, drove into the opposite lane of traffic and hit Smith in the crosswalk. Johnson admitted smoking PCP before driving.

— Keith L. Alexander

Man, 24, arrested
in teen’s slaying

A 24-year-old man was arrested Friday and charged with fatally shooting a teenager in Southeast Washington.

David Washington, 24, of Southeast, was arrested on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder while armed.

Police said Washington killed Deangelo Gatling, 18, of Southeast Washington on Jan. 12. No motive has been disclosed.

— Peter Hermann

Fugitive found in Prince William home

Two Prince William County men were helpful in the capture of an armed fugitive who crept into their home through an unlocked door and hid in the basement Thursday, police said.

The men encountered the fugitive, Earl Patrick Mitchell, 20, in their home and spent several hours trying to calm him as officers swarmed the area, Prince William police said. About 8 p.m., at a moment when Mitchell was distracted, the men fled their home and notified police, who took him into custody.

The manhunt started about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when a Manassas police officer checked the license plate number of a car he spotted near Dumfries Road and Winterset Drive. The car was connected to a homicide investigation in Pennsylvania, police said. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, police said, but the driver pulled away, eventually losing control and running onto a sidewalk.

Police said Mitchell, identified as the driver, fled on foot. Mitchell, of Philadelphia, is a suspected in a homicide in Johnstown, Pa., police said. He was charged by Prince William police with abduction and fleeing from justice, among other crimes.

— Julie Zauzmer