Former Washington Capitals goalie released on kidnapping, assault charge

Semyon Varlamov

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

Secret Service officer could save Chris Brown from prison

Chris Brown feature

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 […]

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

Vilchez 2010

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. According to the FBI, Rosita Vilchez, 39, owned and operated a real estate agency, Vilchez & Associates, and was a part […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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

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 […]

Man sexually assaulted during home invasion

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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 […]

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 […]