Former Washington Capitals goalie released on kidnapping, assault charge

Former Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov was released from jail in Denver as he faces charges of kidnapping and beating his girlfriend.

Semyon Varlamov

Semyon Varlamov

Varlamov, who was traded from the Capitals in 2011, appeared in court Thursday and was allowed to travel with the Colorado Avalanche as the case works its way through the judicial system, according to the Associated Press.

Varlamov, 25, was also ordered to stay away from his girlfriend and not contact her.

According to a police report, Varlamov kicked and stomped his girlfriend on her chest, dragged around her home by her hair and threatened her.

In Russian, he told her that if this were Russia, he “would have beat her more,” the report states.

The woman suffered bruises on her chest and arms consistent with a physical attack, police said.

Varlamov was charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

“The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov,” according to a statement from the organization. “At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation.”

Secret Service officer could save Chris Brown from prison

Chris Brown may get some help from a U.S. Secret Service officer.

Chris Brown may get some help from a U.S. Secret Service officer.

A Secret Service officer could end up saving singer Chris Brown from charges that he punched a man near the White House over the weekend.

According to charging documents, a uniformed Secret Service officer overheard the alleged victim, Parker Isaac Adams, admit to a D.C. police officer that the singer never did punch him during a confrontation outside in front of the W Hotel early Sunday.

Detectives on the scene learned of the helpful evidence to Brown through an acquaintance of the singer.

When approached by the detectives, the D.C. police officer denied telling anyone about Adam’s conversation, but an uniformed Secret Service officer told detectives that he overhead the D.C. officer say that Adams told him that Brown never hit him.

The Secret Service officer’s statement could help the Grammy-winning performer overcome the misdemeanor assault charge, a charge that already has been reduced from a felony by prosecutors.

It could also help Brown, who remains on probation after his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna, from going to jail in that case.

Brown has had other run-ins with the law, including a brawl in 2012 that erupted between his entourage and the rap artist Drake at a New York City nightclub and a dispute in February with the singer Frank Ocean over a parking space in Los Angeles.

Brown is due back in court Nov. 20 in California to update a judge on his probation. He has reportedly entered rehab for anger management after he was released Monday.

Brown is best known for pop hits like, “Yeah 3X,” “Look at Me Now,” “Strip,” ”Run It!” and “Deuces.”

FBI seeks Northern Virginia businesswoman who fled U.S. with clients’ money

The FBI is seeking a former Manassas businesswoman accused of swindling millions of dollars and fleeing the United States, and the agents are offering a reward for information that can lead to her arrest.

Vilchez 2010

Rosita Vilchez, 2010

According to the FBI, Rosita Vilchez, 39, owned and operated a real estate agency, Vilchez & Associates, and was a part owner of a loan business branch, Mount Vernon Capital Corp. Both businesses were based in Manassas.

Vilchez’s real estate clients were provided loans through Mount Vernon Capital in order for Vilchez & Associates to close real estate transactions, according to the FBI.

From 2005 to 2007, Vilchez and her co-conspirators targeted unsophisticated borrowers who could not read the English and had them sign on to loans which contained false statements about the borrowers’ income and assets.

Rosita Vilchez, 2012

Rosita Vilchez, 2012

Most of  her victims lost their homes to foreclosure, while Vilchez and her associates made off with $7.2 million for themselves, authorities said. The scheme cost the financial institutions tens of millions of dollars.

Vilchez, a United States citizen, moved her family to Peru in 2010, but she has continued to offer real estate services to residents in Northern Virginia, authorities warn, agents said.

She was indicted in 2012 and is wanted on charges of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and operating a continuing financial crimes enterprise.

Vilchez was born on May 3, 1974 in Peru, is of Hispanic descent, and is fluent in Spanish.  She is described as about 5-feet-4 and 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and has been known to wear glasses.

She has used the aliases Rosita De Los Milagros Pino Ponce, Rosi Vilchez and Rosi Pino, authorities said.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $6,000, or up to 15,000 Peruvian soles, for information leading directly to the location and arrest of Rosita Vilchez.

Anyone with information about Rosita Vilchez is asked to contact the FBI or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.  Additional information regarding Rosita Vilchez, including a poster with her picture, is available on the FBI’s website at

Crime History, Oct. 31, 1895: Legendary Texas Ranger inspires saying, “One Riot, One Ranger”

Capt. Bill McDonald

Capt. Bill McDonald

On this day, Oct. 31, in 1895, the notion of “One Riot, One Ranger” was born to describe the lawmen who wore the silver or gold star of the Texas Rangers.

The phrase appears to be based on a statement made by Capt. William Jesse McDonald, who personified the rugged individualism of a Texas Ranger. McDonald was once described as “a man who would charge hell with a bucket of water.”

McDonald had been called to Dallas to stop an illegal heavyweight champion prizefight between Bob Fitzsimmons and Peter Maher.

When McDonald stepped off the train, the Dallas mayor looked behind him and said, “Where are the others?”

To that, McDonald replied, “Hell, ain’t I enough? There’s only one riot, isn’t there?”

Those words have evolved into the phrase associated with the Texas Rangers: “One Riot, One Ranger.”

The illegal bout between Fitzsimmons and Maher was later moved to a secret location, with the help of Judge Roy Bean, just across the Rio Grande border in Mexico and out of the reach of the Rangers.

Captain McDonald’s creed: “No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin.” Those words helped inspire the Ranger creed.

Roll Call: Police shoot man at homeless shelter; 600 arrested in PG sweeps; and D.C. court prepares for Chris Brown hearing


We round up the crime news because it’s scary out there.

Police shoot, kill man during fight at homeless shelter (NBC4)

Security clearance officials to face Senate hearing in wake of Navy Yard shooting (Associated Press)

TV’s Bruce Johnson attacked while reporting the news in Southeast Washington (D.C. Crime Stories)

Late night sweeps net 600 arrests in Prince George’s County (WAMU)

Montgomery County speed cameras vandalized (WAMU)

Report: Md. underage drinking exceeds rest of U.S. (NBC4)

Bowie house fire sparks concern over alleged ‘drug house’ (Maryland Gazette)

D.C. Superior Court prepares for next Chris Brown hearing (Washington Post)

Violent crime drops in Prince George’s County (WAMU)

Four firefighters, one driver injured in crash (DCist)

Truck driver accused of more than 200 peeping Tom cases around Fairfax (D.C. Crime Stories)

National Fire Dog Memorial unveiled in downtown Washington (Washington Post)

Va. to monitor sex offenders during Halloween night (NBC4)

Some guards at federal facilities not prepared for active shooter situation (Associated Press)

• Judge denies motion in U.S. Naval Academy sexual assault case (Associated Press)

Lawyers join fight of D.C. Attorney General election (The Legal Times)

Most Wanted: Man wanted for sexual assault in Montgomery County (D.C. Crime Stories)

Man on bike strikes three times around Georgetown (D.C. Crime Stories)

Part-time GWU member assaulted near Dupont Circle (Washington Post)

TV’s Bruce Johnson attacked while reporting the news in Southeast D.C.

A woman confronts WUSA newsman Bruce Johnson outside a home in Southeast Washington on Wednesday.

A woman confronts WUSA newsman Bruce Johnson outside a home in Southeast Washington on Wednesday.

Veteran D.C news reporter Bruce Johnson has seen it all during his three decades as a journalist — plane crashes, bloody murder scenes and political corruption. But Wednesday was a first for him.

While reporting on a home invasion in Southeast Washington, Johnson and his television crew were attacked on the sidewalk by a woman who came from inside the home.

“More than 35 years, first time I’ve been punched on the job — outside the newsroom,” Johnson said on air Wednesday night.

The attack was caught on camera. The confrontation begins about the 1 minute mark.

Johnson said he and his camera woman were both struck. He said a witness called police who quickly showed up at the scene. He said he and his co-workers were not hurt and they were not seeking to press charges.

D.C. police spokesman Office Paul Metcalf said late Wednesday that the initial report indicated that the woman and two others fled on foot and one of the television crew members sought medical attention.

Johnson and his camera person were outside a home in the 4200 block of Southern Avenue SE where eight people were held captive overnight and one man was sexually assaulted and beaten.

Police said masked gunmen herded eight people into the basement. One victim was moved into another room where, the gunmen demanded money, made threats to inflict bodily harm, and then physically and sexually assaulted him.

Two other victims were also physically assaulted.

Anyone with information about this case should call 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the text tip line by text messaging 50411.

Truck driver accused of more than 200 peeping Tom cases in Northern Virginia

Michael McCarter

Michael McCarter

Fairfax County police have arrested a Woodbridge man they say may be linked to more than 200 peeping Tom cases.

Forty-year-old Michael C. McCarter was arrested and charged with peeping warrants on Friday after investigators received a tip from the Kingstown area.

Detectives believe McCarter, a fuel delivery truck driver who works at night, may be connected to more than 200 cases in the Franconia area and about 50 cases in the West Springfield and Sully areas since 2011.

The suspect allegedly picked random women, ranging in ages from 20’s through 50’s and watched them in their homes while he committed a sexual act. The incidents took place between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. at ground-level apartment windows.

Anyone with information or who believes that they were victimized but did not report the incident to police is asked to call the Franconia District Criminal Investigative Section at 703-922-0894.

Man wanted for sexual assault of minor in Montgomery County

Julian Martinez

Julian Martinez

U.S. Marshals are looking for a Montgomery County man wanted in the sexual assault of a minor, and they are asking the public for information that can lead to his arrest.

Forty-six-year-old Julian Ruben Martinez, a Mexican citizen, has disappeared since the 2012 sex attack in Gaithersburg, but was recently spotted in North Carolina.

Whether Martinez is still in the area or back in Mexico, detectives still want to find him and they are turning to the public for help, said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector for the Capital Area Fugitive Task Force.

“Martinez is certainly considered a threat due to the nature of the charges against him,” Burke said. “We would like the public’s help in locating Martinez before he can victimize any additional children, no matter what the victim’s nationality.”

Fugitives that are not U.S. citizens who may travel in circles of people with issues with the English language and with citizenship issues are always more difficult to locate, Burke said.

Martinez, who is listed as 5-feet-8 and 170 pounds, has ties to Mexico, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida.

He has one prior arrest for assault.

People should contact the fugitive task force with information at 301-489-1717.

Man sexually assaulted during home invasion

District of Columbia police are investigating a home invasion in which eight victims were held against their will and one man was sexually assaulted and beaten.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, three people entered a home in in the 4200 block of Southern Avenue in Southeast Washington to find the four armed and masked suspects holding five other occupants of the house against their will in the basement. The three were herded down into the basement with the others.

One of the victims was taken to another room where, the gunmen demanded money, made threats to inflict bodily harm, and then physically and sexually assaulted him.

Two other victims were also physically assaulted.

Investigators believe this incident may be related to a homicide that happened earlier this year.

Anyone with information about this case should call 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the text tip line by text messaging 50411.

Crime History, Oct. 30, 1968: Silver screen star bludgeoned to death by male hustlers

Ramon Novarro

On this day, Oc.t 30, in 1968, former silent screen star Ramón Novarro was killed by two male hustlers during a violent extortion attempt.

On the silver screen, Novarro was a swaggering sex symbol, sharing the screen with such leading ladies as Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy and Greta Garbo. He was the leading man in the original 1926 version of “Ben-Hur,” the biggest Hollywood blockbuster until “Gone With the Wind.”

But behind the scenes, he lived a discreetly gay lifestyle. His star faded as he descended into alcoholism and despair over his conflicted feelings toward his Catholic religion and his homosexuality.

On Oct. 30, 1968, the former matinee idol invited two young brothers who claimed to be male escorts. But Paul, 21, and Tom, 17, Ferguson were really there to steal a forturne in Novarro’s Laurel Canyon mansion, prosecutors said.

After dinner and drinks, the Fergusons tied Novarro in bed with lamp cords. The brothers beat and tortured Novarro for several hours to force him to reveal where the secret stash of cash was stored. But there was no secret fortune, and the Ferguson’s fled.

Novarro died as a result of asphyxiation. He choked to death on his own blood.

The brothers were convicted and sentenced to life.