Man sentenced for sex abuse at school, robbery attempt of cop
A District man was sentenced to a year behind bars for sexually assaulting an elementary school student and attempting to rob an undercover officer at a Metro station.
Davon Rashad Wood, 21, pleaded guilty earlier this year to attempted second-degree child sexual abuse and attempted robbery. The cases were unrelated.
On Feb. 1, Wood told a teacher's aide at Ketcham Elementary School he was looking for a child.
The teacher's aide asked an 11-year-old student to escort Wood to the classroom upstairs. On their way, Wood hugged the girl from behind, then reached down and groped her buttocks.
On Dec. 7, Wood swiped $20 from the pocket of a man who appeared to be sleeping on the platform at the Congress Heights Metro Station. The "victim" was actually an undercover Metro Transit Police officer.
Md. man charged in pot operation
A Laurel man was arrested in connection with a substantial marijuana-growing operation, police officials said.
Manoj Unni, 30, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, possession of equipment to produce marijuana and drug manufacturing, according to the Howard County Police Department.
When Howard County police executed a search warrant at Unni's residence Wednesday, they found 341 plants that would have yielded about 170 pounds of marijuana worth $510,000. Detectives also found high-intensity lights, a dehumidifier, air filters, water pumping systems, lighting timers, a CO2 system and a ventilation system.
Man found dead at rest area
The man whose body was found in a parked vehicle at a rest area Wednesday afternoon along Interstate 66 died of natural causes, authorities said.
Virginia State Police responded about 2:10 p.m. to the westbound Manassas Safety Rest Area. The man discovered in the parked vehicle was 51 years old and from Haymarket.