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Published on: Thursday, April 04, 2013

Missing District Heights man found dead in Anacostia River

A District Heights man who had been reported missing for three weeks was located dead early Wednesday morning by members of a rowing team in the Anacostia River in northeast Washington, D.C., between Kenilworth Park and Langston Golf Course.

Police officials identified the body as Arlester Jay, 36, of District Heights. Jay was a military combat veteran.

According D.C. police officials, Jay was located Monday around 1:45 p.m. showing no signs of trauma to his body.

An autopsy from the chief medical examiner was ordered to determine the cause of death.

Lanham woman arrested for robbing an 80-year-old woman

A 25-year-old Lanham woman has been arrested and charged with robbery and second-degree assault after she and an adult male attempted to rob an 80-year-old woman in Accokeek Tuesday afternoon.

According to Prince George’s County Police officials, just after noon LeJean Nicola Lancaster and a second suspect attempted to rob the woman of her purse as she and her husband were leaving a carry-out restaurant at the shopping center in the 7000 block of Berry Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Lancaster held open the door of a carry-out restaurant for the victim and her husband. As the couple walked, Lancaster pushed the victim and grabbed her purse. As Lancaster tried to run away, she was tackled and held down by the victim’s husband and a Good Samaritan.

While being restrained, Lancaster bit both men, causing minor injuries. At the same time, a male suspect walked up and hit the Good Samaritan in the face in an effort to free Lancaster. When that failed, the second suspect ran away. Patrol officers arrested Lancaster on the scene. She has admitted her involvement in the robbery.  

-- Jim Davis

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