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Hyattsville man sentenced to 20 years for kidnappings of young girls

A Hyattsville man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for luring two young girls out of a thrift store near College Park. Charles Amofa, 27, pleaded guilty in April to kidnapping, attempted second-degree sex offense, solicitation of a minor and a fourth degree sex offense. According to law enforcement officials, in August 2012, Amofa, […]


Family of 17-year-old sues teacher accused of sex at school

A mother is suing a substitute teacher accused of performing sex on the woman’s son at school earlier this month. Symone Green, 22, was arrested last week after police said she performed a sex act on a 17-year-old boy behind a desk inside a classroom at the Options Public Charter School in Northeast Washington. It happened on Greene’s […]


Crime History, Oct. 29, 1972: D.C. dad, teens hijack plane to Cuba after deadly shootout

On this day, Oct. 29, in 1972, a D.C.-area father and three teenagers hijacked a jetliner and flew it to Cuba four days after killing an Arlington County police officer and a bank manager. Charles Tuller, 48, was a disgruntled U.S. Commerce Department executive and self-styled “white middle-class revolutionary.” His gang consisted of former T.C. Williams High School students. […]

Earnest P. “Larry” Pletch

Oct. 27, 1939: Amateur pilot commits first murder in the sky

On this day, Oct. 27, 1939, amateur pilot Earnest P. “Larry” Pletch shot his flight instructor Carl Bivens in the back of the head in what is believed to be the world’s first fatal hijacking. Pletch, 29, had killed Bivens somewhere over Missouri, landed on farm and hid the body. He then took to the […]


Former D.C. campaign treasurer pleads to finance law violations

The campaign treasurer of former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violation, admitting to spending $115,000 from the political campaign to support his lavish lifestyle. Hakim J. Sutton, 33, of D.C., pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion, a federal offense, and one county of knowingly filing a false […]


D.C. teacher charged with having sex with student on her first day

A substitute teacher at a D.C. charter school has been accused of having sex with a student on her first day at the school. Twenty-two-year old Symone Greene, of Fort Washington, performed a sex act on a 17-year-old boy behind a desk inside a classroom at the Options Public Charter School in Northeast Washington on […]

Joseph Bonanno

Crime History, Oct. 21, 1964: Mob boss Joe Bonanno snatched from Manhattan street?

On this day, Oct. 21, in 1964, notorious Mafia leader Joseph Bonanno was supposedly kidnapped off the street in front of his Manhattan apartment. Bonanno was there at the creation of the American Mafia in the 1920s, and established the Bonanno crime family in Brooklyn at the age of 26. His empire ultimately extended to California, […]