Wounded man charged with first-degree murder in botched burglary

A 26-year-old Gaithersburg man was charged with murder after detectives recovered the victim’s spent bullet inside the clothing of the suspect.

Twenty-three-year-old Marc St. Aubin was killed during a burglary turned deadly at a home in the 15800 block of Laughlin Lane in Silver Spring, according to Montgomery County Police.

Tavon Miles

Tavon Miles

On the night of March 3, a group of armed men broke into St. Aubin’s home. There was a scuffle, and gunshots, and St. Aubin was found on the driveway. A medical examiner determined that he had been stabbed and beaten to death.

A gun holster was found along the small of the victim’s back. The handgun was never found.

Police said several items were removed from St. Aubin’s home, including guns, a safe and suspected marijuana. Officers recovered bullets from inside the home.

Shortly after police arrived on the scene, officers were notified of an adult male who was dropped off at a nearby hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. He was identified as Tavon Miles.

A bullet recovered from Miles’ clothing was compared to the bullets recovered from inside the home.

Forensics tests revealed that the bullets were of the same caliber and fired from the same gun. The homicide victim, St. Aubin, had a gun of that caliber registered in Maryland.

Miles, 26, survived the gunshot wound, and was charged Saturday with first-degree murder, first degree burglary, and first degree armed robbery. He is being held without bond.

Detectives continue to investigate the killing and are working to identify other suspects in the case. Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this homicide to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.



Crime History, March 24, 1995: ‘Happy Face Killer’ turns himself in to police

On this day, March 24, in 1995, the so-called “Happy Face Killer” Keith Jesperson, wrote a note to his two children and turned himself into police.

Keith Jesperson

Keith Jesperson

Jesperson was a truck driver who is known to have killed eight women across the country. He would strap a woman to the undercarriage of his truck and drag her on the road to grind off her face and prints.

He earned the nickname for the smiley faces he drew on the anonymous letters he mailed to media outlets.

Jesperson turned himself in after Washington state police questioned him about the strangulation death of his girlfriend. He confessed to killing women he picked up from Oregon to Florida.

His daughter, Melissa G. Moore, has gone public about the horrors of growing up with a serial killer and recalled seeing her father laugh after hanging stray kittens on a clothesline.

The former truck driver is serving a life sentence in an Oregon prison.

— Scott McCabe

The Crime Scene: IRS hires crooked cop; woman flees ambulance after medics argue; and man in girl’s disappearance gave gifts to kids

One person was killed in a hit-and-run bus crash on I-95 near Lorton. (Photo Virginia State Police)

One person was killed in a hit-and-run bus crash on I-95 near Lorton. (Photo Virginia State Police)

D.C. man linked to disappearance of child is charged with killing wife (D.C. Crime Stories)

D.C. shelter residents say janitor sought in girl’s disappearance gave gifts to children (The Washington Post)

Md. man charged in murder-for-hire slaying of girlfriend 14 years ago (WBAL)

IRS hires former cop convicted of snooping for subject in al Qaeda probe (Washington Times)

D.C. woman gets out of ambulance, takes Metro after paramedics argue (NBC4)

FBI headquarters would be boon for Maryland, economists say (Baltimore Sun)

Argument between Sterling roommates leaves on dead (WJLA)

Two dead after wrong-way crash (WTOP)

District men found guilty of first-degree murder of government witness (D.C. Crime Stories)

Arrest made in UMd. on-campus robbery (WUSA9)

Candle fires destroy three homes in one weekend (NBC4)

D.C. man linked to disappearance of 8-year-old girl charged with killing wife; Amber Alert continues

Relisha Rudd

Relisha Rudd

Kahlil Malik Tatum, a person of interest in the disappearance of an 8-year-old D.C. girl, has been charged with the murder of his wife.

Tatum’s 51-year-old spouse, Andrea Denise Tatum, was found dead Thursday in an Oxon Hill hotel room by police looking for the missing child, Relisha Tenau Rudd.

Kahill Tatum

Kahlil Tatum

D.C. police issued an Amber Alert for Relisha, and continue to search for the girl from Southeast Washington.

Police believe that the 8-year-old may still be with Tatum, of the 2500 block of N Street SE in Washington.

Police believe Tatum left the hotel before police arrived and drove away in a white 1976 pickup truck that was discovered Thursday evening in the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue in Chapel Oaks.

Relisha’s mother Shamika Young told NBC4 that she has known Tatum for years and trusted him with her daughter. She pleaded for the return of Relisha.

“Bring my daughter back to me right now,” Young said. “It’s crazy. I want to know what’s going on.”

Relisha was last seen Feb. 26 at a shelter on 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue NE. She was picked up someone known to her family, but she was never returned.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Relisha, is asked to call 911 or the D.C. police command center at (202) 727-9099.

D.C. men found guilty of first-degree murder of government witness


Two D.C. men were found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of a woman who was a government witness in a series of shootings in Northwest Washington.

Willie Walker Jr., 23, and Ricky Donaldson, 22, were members of a gang that operated around the LeDroit Park neighborhood in Northwest Washington. The gang, known as LDP or Westside, sold crack and was involved in other illegal activities, mainly in the Kelly Miller housing development in LeDroit Park.

In February 2008, Walker shot a 55-year-old woman several times in her legs, and later argued with another woman, Delois “Peaches” Persha, 44.

Persha told Walker that she would not be treated the same way as the other woman, and in response, Walker shot her multiple times in her torso, prosecutors said.Then as she lay on the ground, he walked over to her and shot her multiple times in the face.

Persha survived the attack, and immediately identified Walker as her assailant to police. Persha, who had grown up in LeDroit Park, was relocated out of the area for her protection.

After Walker’s arrest, he and Donaldson, began communicating about hunting down and killing the witnesses against Walker.

On Sept. 13, 2008, Donaldson located Persha, who had returned to the area of LeDroit Park, and fatally shot her multiple times in the back of the head. She died from her injuries five days later.

“There is nothing we take more seriously than prosecuting those who would dare to use violence against a witness for simply being willing to tell the truth,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. “In gunning down a witness, these gang members destroyed their own futures. The heinous actions will put them where they belong — behind bars for decades.”

Walker and Donaldson were found guilty by a jury Friday of first-degree premeditated murder while armed with aggravating circumstance, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder while armed, obstructing justice, several firearms offenses, and related criminal street gang charges.

The jury also found Walker guilty of charges of aggravated assault and assault with intent to kill for two related shootings in February and March of 2008.

The defendants will be sentenced May 30 in D.C. Superior Court.

Crime History, March 21, 1976: Singer arrested for killing Olympic alpine skier

Claudine Longet

Claudine Longet

On this day, March 21, in 1976, singer Claudine Longet, the former wife of Andy Williams, was arrested for the death of former Olympic skier Spider Sabich.

Longet, a French-born pop music singer who co-starred with Peter Sellers in “The Party,” had been living with Sabich in Aspen, Colo.

Sabich had returned from skiing and was preparing for a shower when he was fatally shot in the bathroom. Longet said the gun discharged when he was showing her how to use it.

Critical mistakes by the local police resulted in inadmissible evidence, including Longet’s incriminating personal diary and her blood test, which indicated cocaine use.

She was convicted of misdemeanor negligent homicide.

Longet, now 72, never performed publicly again.

– Scott McCabe

The Crime Scene: Suspect killed by police at I-95 rest stop; woman, 75, set 25 fires to high-rise; and Jewish community fights re-trial of 1969 child killer


We round up the top crime stories because you need to get out of Dodge.

Woman found dead in search of 8-year-old; Amber Alert issued (D.C. Crime Stories)

Baltimore Jewish community fights re-trial of 1969 child killer (Baltimore Sun)

Man killed by police at Maryland rest stop after chase on I-95 (WBAL)

Montgomery County police officer pleads guilty to assaulting wife (Washington Post)

Shirley Ann Vigneau

Shirley Ann Vigneau

• 75-year-old woman says she set 25 fires to own high-rise building (NBC4)

Silver Spring man’s death sparks debate over defibrillators in police cars (Md. Gazette)

Manassas man accused of impersonating officer (NBC4)

PG police warn drivers of speed camera scams (WJLA)

Amber Alert issued for missing Virginia boy (WJLA)

Police identify suspect in Chevy Chase carjacking, police-involved shooting (Bethesda Now)

Attempted murder charge dropped in ‘shaken baby’ case  (Md. Gazette)

Data breach at University of Maryland — again (College Park Patch)

Alarm clock ‘bomb’ near university looked like the real thing (Delmarvanow)

Woman found dead in search of 8-year-old missing girl; Amber Alert issued

Relisha Rudd

Relisha Rudd

Police looking for a missing D.C. girl have found a body of a woman at a Prince George’s County motel.

An Amber Alert has been issued for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd, described as 4-feet tall, 75 pounds, with medium black complexion. She may be in a White 1976 GMC truck MD tag 305015. She may be traveling with Kahlil Malik Tatum and Rickie Sheridan Lyles.

The woman was found Thursday morning after D.C. investigators called the Prince George’s County police to help look for the girl at the Red Roof Inn, 6100 block of Oxon Hill Road.

Relisha had been missing for several days, and D.C. police had issued fliers this week asking the public to help find her. She may be in need of medication.

Police have not identified the woman.

Relisha was last seen Feb. 26 at a shelter on 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue NE. She was picked up someone known to her family, but she was never returned.

Crime History, March 20, 1865: John Wilkes Booth plot to kidnap the president is foiled

John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth

On this day, March 20, in 1865, a plan by John Wilkes Booth to abduct President Abraham Lincoln was ruined when Lincoln failed to show up at the location of the appointed ambush in Northwest Washington.

Booth, an actor as famous as a young Brad Pitt in his day, learned that the president was visiting a hospital near the Soldier’s Home, a cottage for retired and disabled Army members that the president also used to get away from the White House.

Booth, a Confederate sympathizer, hatched a plan to kidnap the president and smuggle him across the Potomac to Richmond, the capitol of the Southern states. The president would be exchanged for peace or the release of Southern soldiers held captive in Northern prisoners.

Booth and his team lay in waiting on the roadside, but Lincoln never showed. The president had changed plans at the last moment to attend a reception at the National Hotel in Washington, where, coincidentally, Booth was staying.

Booth’s frustration over his mission’s failure is believed to have contributed to his decision to assassinate Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre a month later.

— Scott McCabe

The Crime Scene: Judge mystified by feats of strength; ricin found in G-Town dorm; and Elle names Lanier top cop


The Crime Scene: It’s like coffee but with bad cops and dirty politicians.

Bush administration official charged with abduction, sex assault (D.C. Crime Stories)

Marion Barry endorses D.C. mayor amid federal probe (Associated Press)

Ricin found in Georgetown dorm room (Washington Post)

Elle magazine names Chief Lanier one of most powerful woman of Washington (WTOP)

Debate continues over reinstate fired D.C. officers (WJLA)

Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Elementary school principal resigns after DUI arrest (ARLnow.com)

Maryland judge mystified by man’s bizarre strength (Associated Press)

Naked woman arrested trying to visit husband in jail, police say (D.C. Crime Stories)

Dozens of rabbits seek home after house fire (D.C. Crime Stories)

Arlington County official pleads guilty to accepting bribes (Washington Post)

Caught on camera: Suspect sought in armed robbery (D.C. Crime Stories)

Wig-wearing bank robbery featured in Wanted Wednesday (D.C. Crime Stories)

Wikileaks’ Manning petitions to change name to ‘Chelsea’ (WJLA)

FBI joins probe of missing airliner (USAToday)