Fugitive charged in 2018 shooting in Shaw

A man who had been sought by police for 14 months in a fatal shooting near a convenience store in the Shaw neighborhood of Northwest Washington was arrested Monday, according to authorities.

Juvon Julian Searles, 38, has been charged with second-degree murder while armed in the July 2018 shooting. A warrant was issued for his arrest in December 2018. He was ordered detained until a court hearing Feb. 28.

A D.C. police spokeswoman said Searles was arrested in Maryland by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force after someone tipped off authorities. The FBI and D.C. police had issued wanted posters and posted rewards.

Searles is charged with killing Paul Williams Jr., 46, of Southeast Washington in the 800 block of R Street NW, a block north of Rhode Island Avenue. Williams was found about 8:15 p.m. July 24, 2018, lying in the street in front of a 7-Eleven on Seventh Street NW. He died later at a hospital.

An arrest affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court says witnesses and a police officer recognized Searles from surveillance video that captured part of the shooting. The affidavit does not describe a possible motive, and D.C. police would not comment on the investigation.

— Peter Hermann

One person dead in house fire in Southeast

A 65-year-old woman is dead after a fire swept through a house in Southeast Washington early Tuesday.

Police identified the victim as Lily Hearn-Coates, who lived at the house.

Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said approximately 50 firefighters responded about 5:18 a.m. to the blaze in the 600 block of Darrington Street SE.

When rescuers arrived, there was a report of one person trapped, Maggiolo said. As firefighters battled the blaze and searched the home, they found the woman “in the room where the fire originated,” he said.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause, according to officials.

On Twitter, D.C. fire officials said a “working smoke alarm alerted another sleeping resident of the home on Darrington St to the danger, allowing him to safely escape the flames.”

— Dana Hedgpeth


Mother: Teen dies after contracting flu

A student at a high school in Loudoun County died last week after contracting the flu, her mother said.

Katie Giovanniello, 16, a sophomore at Heritage High School in the Leesburg area, died at a hospital Friday, said her mother, Colette Giovanniello.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Health reported what it said was the “state’s first influenza-associated pediatric death” for this flu season. It said a Northern Virginia teenager “has died from complications associated with influenza.”

The department did not name the teenager and said that for privacy reasons, it would provide no additional information about the death.

Colette Giovanniello said her daughter saw a doctor on Feb. 2 and was diagnosed with the flu. She was taken to a hospital on Thursday as her condition deteriorated, Giovanniello said.

Her daughter had no known underlying health problems or conditions, Giovanniello said.

Virginia officials said that this season, 773 deaths related to the flu and pneumonia had been reported in the state through Feb. 1.

— Martin Weil

2 from D.C. area found slain in Halifax County

A man and a woman from the Washington area were found dead Saturday on a road in a quiet part of southern Virginia, and state police said the two were homicide victims.

Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, of Alexandria, and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin, 19, of Germantown, Md., were found about 2:50 a.m. Saturday on the ground near a car on Route 58 in Halifax County, state police said Monday.

Police were called to the area to investigate a car crash but determined that the deaths did not result from the vehicle running into the median and getting stuck, state police said.

Police did not give a cause of death and said an autopsy would be conducted at the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.

— Martin Weil