Police: Robber tried to assault woman

D.C. police are searching for a man who they say robbed and tried to sexually assault a woman Friday morning as she walked along a street in Northwest Washington.

The attack occurred about 6:15 a.m. in the 3500 block of Hertford Place NW, just off 16th Street and north of Columbia Heights.

Police released few details but said the woman was on a sidewalk when she was robbed of belongings. Police said the man then tried to sexually assault her but was unsuccessful.

A description of the man was incomplete. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

— Peter Hermann

Plane crashes at Montgomery airport

A small plane crashed shortly after taking off from Montgomery County Airpark on Saturday afternoon, injuring the pilot and spilling fuel over a runway, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman, tweeted that the plane was about 75 to 100 feet off the ground when it came down at the end of a runway shortly before 12:30 p.m.

The small airport is in the 7900 block of Airpark Road in Gaithersburg, about four miles east of Interstate 270.

The pilot, who is said to be in his 50s, was taken to a hospital trauma center with serious injuries.

— Peter Hermann

Man shot to death by police in Ellicott City

Two police officers in Howard County shot and killed a 61-year-old man who authorities said had threatened to kill occupants of his home in Ellicott City on Saturday morning and then confronted the officers with a knife.

The 6:30 a.m. shooting was the second time in four days that members of the county police force fatally shot a man wielding a knife.

A 45-year-old man was killed on Wednesday inside a home three miles from Saturday’s confrontation.

Police described both men as suicidal.

Authorities said the shooting remains under investigation and other details were not made available, including how many shots were fired, where the man was struck and how close he was to the officers when they fired their weapons.

— Peter Hermann