Night shift: If you think your week was bad…

We round up the day’s top crime stories because you need to get out of dodge.

• ‘Walking Dead’ actress charged in poisoned letters to Obama case (USA Today)

Prosecutors move to seize Jesse Jackson Jr.’s homes in D.C., Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

Ex-D.C. public defender in new ‘Gideon’s Army’ HBO documentary (Blog of Legal Times)

Teen crashes into Md. trooper, tries to eat pot (NBC4)

Accomplice sentenced to 20 years in Rockville Metro shooting (Washington Post)

Ricardo Mitchell gets 26 years for killing of Wyatt Earp Robinson (Homicide Watch)

Bowie youths charged with fraud after leaving incriminating pics (D.C. Crime Stories)

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Four young people from Bowie are facing serious fraud charges after police said they left behind incriminating pictures of themselves purchased with a stolen credit card.

Anne Arundel County Police released the snapshots to the public earlier this month seeking information about their identities. Police received several tips and charged the youths this week.

Heather Garnto, 20, Melissa Vogel, 19, James Murrill, 19, and a 17-year-old female were each facing charges of theft of credit card; unauthorized use of credit card; conspiracy; and receipt of a stolen credit card.

Police said the foursome were seen on surveillance video using a credit card to purchase movie tickets from a kiosk at the Regal Movie Theater in Crofton on June 5. The same group used the credit card to shoot and buy pictures at a photo booth inside the theater. The photos were left behind.

Morning Roll Call: Gilbert Arenas, guns gone, and is America’s oldest murder solved?


Archeologists in Jamestown, Va., move the burial of an unknown victim into the archaeology lab to try to solve America’s oldest unsolved death.
(Photo credit: Jamestown Rediscovery Project)

We dig up the morning’s top crime stories because you’re getting ready for the weekend.

Park Police lost track of thousands of weapons, IG report says (Washington Post)

Have Jamestown archeologists cracked Colonial America’s oldest unsolved murder? (NPR)

Former Wizard Gilbert Arenas arrested for truckload of illegal fireworks (TMZ)

H Street’s Toki Underground chef arrested in domestic dispute (Washingtonian)

D.C. Fire and EMS understaffed, over budget (NBC4)

Va. man sentenced to 15 years for beating officer unconscious (WTOP)

Former FBI agent says he received gifts from Whitey Bulger (Associated Press)

Report: Key Wikileaks worker was an FBI mole (USA Today)

Crime History, June 28: Daniel Ellsberg turns himself in for Pentagon Papers leak


Daniel Ellsberg

On this day, June 28, in 1971, Daniel Ellsberg turned himself in to the United States government and admitted to leaking the Pentagon Papers.

His surrender came two weeks after the New York Times had begun publishing excerpts of the secret history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam showing that the American people had been deceived about the war.

Ellsberg, a distinguished Harvard University graduate and a former U.S. Marine, had become opposed to the Vietnam conflict in the late 1960s. Working as a military analyst for the Department of Defense, he began to photocopy 47 volumes and 3,000 pages of the Pentagon’s historical analysis of America’s efforts in Southeast Asia.

Ellsberg passed the information to several sympathetic U.S. Senators and unsuccessfully tried to convince the lawmakers to go public with the information. Ellsberg then made the documents available for New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan. On June 13, 1971, the Times began to publish sections of the papers. Ellsburg went into hiding.

The White House got an injunction to stop further publication of the papers, but the U.S. Supreme Court quickly ruled in favor of the press.

Ellsberg was charged with espionage, theft and conspiracy. But the charges were dropped during his trial after it was revealed that the Nixon administration had conducted a campaign to discredit Ellsberg, illegally wiretapped his phone and broke into his psychiatrist’s office.

Night shift: Fake British spys, FBI impersonators and Aaron Hernandez probed in two more killings

We round up the day’s top crime stories because you people have better things to do.

Congress may consider ban on D.C. traffic cameras (NBC4)

Washington con artist who claimed to be British spy ordered to leave country (Washington Post)

PG police helicopter tracks down speeding motorcycles (NBC4, with cool chase video)

Two killed by train were Wheaton youths (WJLA)

Thieves make off with 400 fish from corporate park pond (D.C. Crime Stories)

Former Pats player Hernandez probed in two more murders (Boston Globe)

A life sentence in Prince George’s County (D.C. Crime Stories)

Frager’s Hardware fire likely caused by employee cigarette butt (Washington Post)

Fairfax man charged with impersonating FBI agent, sex assault (D.C. Crime Stories)

Fabian Shim sentenced to life in prison for killing daughter’s mom

A Prince George’s County man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the murder of his daughter’s mother after the woman sought child support from him.

Fabian Andre Shim, 47, of Forestville, was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Reina Natosha Lynch.

Lynch was found dead inside a guard shack where she worked at the Fed Ex facility in Beltsville on Nov. 11, 2006. She had been working the overnight shift.  She suffered a shotgun wound to the head and chest.

“Mr. Shim killed the mother of his child simply to avoid paying child support,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrook. “He showed a complete disregard for Ms. Lynch’s life and the future well-being of his own child, who is now growing up without a mother or a father.

Shim and Lynch had a 7-year-old daughter, and Lynch had sought child support from Shim. They had been to a hearing regarding the child support 10 days before her death.

A few days after Lynch was killed, Shim’s then-fiancee called 911 and said that Shim confessed to the killing, prosecutors said. She also led police to a car that contained the murder weapon.

Shim had been convicted in the case in 2007, but the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the conviction because the defense wasn’t allowed to ask the jury panel about their views on violent death during the jury selection.

Men in diguises steal 400 fish from corporate pond

Koi fish

About 400 Koi fish like these were stolen from a corporate pond at 2411 Dulles Corner Park by men disguised as maintenance workers. (

Something was fishy about the men with the giant ice chests.

Fairfax County Police said two men disguised as maintenance workers stole about 400 fish from a Herndon-area business park pond before anybody noticed they didn’t really work there.

Fairfax County Police said the men showed up at the pond near 2411 Dulles Corner Park at least four times this month, claiming to be checking the health of the Koi fish that lived in the small lake.

The men gave business park employees a fish tale, telling them in visits on June 8, 9, 15 and 16 that they were removing sick fish from the pond and leaving the healthy ones behind. The duo used large nets to scoop the Koi from the pond and placed them into large coolers.

The suspects were described as white males in their 50s, wearing sunglasses. One was overweight and around 5 feet 5 inches tall.

Anyone with information about this fish heist or who has seen anyone fitting the description of the suspects is asked to contact police Det. S.D. Gaydos at (703) 591-0966.

Fairfax man charged with impersonating FBI officer, sex assault


Kedrick Evans

A Fairfax County man has been charged with impersonating an FBI agent and sexual assault of a massage parlor worker.

Fairfax County police have charged Kedrick Evans, 48, of Lorton, with abduction, sexual battery and two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Police began investigating in May after receiving reports of a man displaying what he said were law enforcement credentials from the FBI. The same man returned to a massage parlor on Monday where police said he sexually assaulted a female employee.

Police were able to identify the suspect and determined that he was not employed by the FBI.

Fairfax County Police spokesman Bud Walker said he did not have any information about Evans’ work background other than he was not employed by the FBI.

Crime History, June 27: Mob murders Mormon founder at Illinois jail

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Joseph Smith Jr.

On this day, June 27, in 1844, Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was murdered by a mob at an Illinois jail.

Smith, 38, had created the church in upstate New York after claiming to have discovered the Book of Mormon as a teenager. Smith said he had been visited by an angel Moroni as a teenager and obtained the tome, inscribed on golden plates, and translated the book to English. The religious movement grew, but Smith and his disciples were banished, and they eventually established a community in Nauvoo, Ill.

His stay there was brief. Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were accused of ordering the ransack of a dissenting group’s printing press. The religious leaders were arrested and jailed in nearby Carthage, Ill.

An angry crowd broke into their cell and shot both brothers. Five men were charged in the Smith brothers deaths, but all were found not guilty by a jury.

Smith’s followers fled from persecution and settled in Utah. Today, the church is the fourth-largest Christian church in America and boasts more than 14 million members worldwide.

— Scott McCabe

Morning Roll Call: Death on the tracks, Metro bus fight and young bears come to D.C. looking for a good time.

We roundup this morning’s top crime stories because you people need to get ready for your day.
How did a black bear end up in D.C.? (Washington CityPaper)