White Oak Man Arrested for Attempted Child Abduction, Indecent Exposure; Lawyers Seek Resentencing for Beltway Sniper

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White Oak man arrested for indecent exposure, attempted child abduction

Montgomery County police arrested a man for allegedly exposing himself to a girl and attempting to abduct two boys on Sunday. Police said Jemberu Bekele Geda, 37, who lives on the 11500 block of Lockwood Drive, approached 8- and 9-year-old boys at a neighborhood playground and grabbed their wrists, trying to bring them into his apartment. The boys fled and told a parent. Police learned Geda had reportedly exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl in the neighborhood earlier that day. Geda was arrested at his home and was charged with one count of indecent exposure and two counts of attempted child abduction. He’s being held without bond. [MCPD]

Lawyers seek resentencing for Beltway sniper

Lawyers for Lee Boyd Malvo, who along with John Allen Muhammad killed 10 people in a series of sniper attacks in the region in 2002, are returning to a Montgomery County courtroom to argue his six life sentences are unconstitutional. They suggest a 2016 Supreme Court ruling makes retroactive a previous order deeming mandatory life sentences for juveniles convicted of murder unconstitutional. Prosecutors say the sentences for Malvo, who was 17 when arrested, were not mandatory but arrived at by the court. A hearing is scheduled for June 15 in Montgomery County Circuit Court. [WTOP]

Metro general manager proposes $500 million in extra funds

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld proposed plans to seek concessions with labor unions and ask for $500 million a year in additional funds from local governments. He said Metro Metro needs $15.5 billion over the next 10 years and suggested making pension benefits for future hires less generous and sought changes to federal law to help strengthen Metro’s side in contract disputes. “Operating expenses are growing at nearly twice the right of revenues,” he said, noting the transit system must change its business model and that he didn’t “know where else I can go” to solve Metro’s problems. [Washington Post]

Transit police arrest man in Red Line robbery, believe he is linked to another robbery on Silver Spring Metrobus

Metro transit police announced Wednesday the arrest of the first suspect in a strong-arm robbery on a Red Line train approaching Wheaton. Marcus James Lee, 21, of Northeast Washington, D.C., faces two counts of strong-arm robbery and one count of second degree assault for another incident. Four suspects approached a man on the train Sunday and asked him for his phone. When he didn’t give it to them, they began punching him on his face and head and went through his pockets, stealing a few credit and debit cards, police said. The male victim was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Police also linked Lee to another strong-arm robbery that occurred on a Silver Spring Metrobus two hours later, where a victim said he was assaulted from behind by two suspects who grabbed his iPhone. [WMATA]

Showers, with a chance of thunderstorms

There could be some showers through the day, with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. National Weather Service forecasts a mostly cloudy day with light winds and a high near 80. There’s a chance of more showers and thunderstorms tonight.

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