Woman killed in parking lot identified

Police have identified a woman killed after she was struck by an SUV as she pushed a shopping cart through a parking lot in Lanham, Md.

The victim, Mary Ankeney, 74, of Bowie, Md., died at a hospital Saturday, shortly after being hit about 2 p.m. in the 10500 block of Greenbelt Road, Prince George’s County police said.

A preliminary investigation found she had just left a store and was pushing a shopping cart to the parking lot when she was struck.

The vehicle had just pulled up in front of the store, according to police. But the vehicle was not in park. It moved forward and hit Ankeney, police said. The driver stopped, got out and called 911, police said.

Dana Hedgpeth

Two teens charged in death of Va. man

Two Maryland teenagers who are suspected gang members have been arrested and charged in the slaying of a 23-year-old Virginia man.

Prince George’s County police said they arrested Maicol Alvarado-Baide and Erlin Andrades-Zelaya in the fatal stabbing of Yefrin Argueta of Arlington last month.

The suspects are 18 years old and from Oxon Hill. They are charged with first- and second-degree murder. The killing happened around 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the 1100 block of Marcy Avenue in Oxon Hill.

Both of the suspects are said to have known the victim, according to police. Authorities said they are trying to figure out a motive. Officials did not specify what gang the suspects are believed to be members of.

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Men allegedly fired shots at complex

Two men were arrested and charged after shots were fired at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Fairfax County, police said.

The incidents happened in February at the Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads retirement community in the 3400 block of South Jefferson Street. Police said the complex “was not the intended target, but rather the victim of reckless behavior.”

No one was hurt.

Police said they received calls from residents in the Baileys Crossroads area in February about gunshots and damage to the apartment complex. Three apartments had windows that were hit by bullets.

Nehemias Perez Escobar, 35, and Irvin Rodriguez Perez, 23, both from Falls Church, face charges of discharging firearms within or at a house and willfully discharging firearms in public areas, according to police.

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School officer fires weapon by accident

A school resource officer accidentally discharged his service weapon Tuesday morning at a middle school in Alexandria, Va., police said.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at George Washington Middle School in the 1000 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.

Alexandria police said the officer discharged his weapon inside his office at the school. He contacted his supervisor and school staff.

Police said classes continued. Authorities also said the school resource officer is a five-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department.

Dana Hedgpeth

Arrest made in slaying of teenager in Fairfax

A suspect was arrested Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a teenager last month in Fairfax County, police said.

Matthew Ortega, 17, was found Feb. 14, in the 13500 block of Jeb Stuart Square in the Centreville area on Feb. 14, police said. He had been shot once in the upper body.

Police said Tuesday that Uriel Josaphat Espinosa Cruz, 18, of Fairfax was arrested “for murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.”

No motive has been given, but the shooting was not thought to be a random incident, police said. They also said their investigation was continuing.

Ortega lived near where he was found. In a message posted online after his death, family members described him as a son, brother and uncle and said he was loved by many.

Martin Weil