The Blotter: Ex-D.C. cop admits to hit-and-run of cyclist

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Ex-D.C. cop admits to hit-and-run of cyclist

A retired D.C. police officer pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist that was caught on camera.

On Aug. 31, 2011, prosecutors said, John W. Diehl, 57, pulled alongside the victim and cursed at him on the 3000 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Diehl then changed lanes and clipped the cyclist, causing the victim to crash. Diehl kept driving.

The incident was caught by the cyclist's helmet-mounted camera.

Diehl pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaving the scene after a collision and destruction of property. The plea deal allows Diehl to withdraw his guilty plea if he completes certain conditions, including anger management counseling.

Teen charged with rape, robbery of barbershop

A 17-year-old has been charged in a rape, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in separate incidents in Manassas last month.

Prince William County police said the teen on Thursday used a handgun to force a woman into a secluded area where he then raped her.

Detectives also connected the suspect to an attempted armed robbery of the Maplewood Barber Shop that same day and the robbery of the same business on March 1.

Man pleads to busted robbery

A D.C. man has pleaded no contest to a bank robbery that was a bust as soon as it started.

John Morris, 64, faces a maximum of 25 years in prison for the March 2012 robbery of the TD Bank on the 1200 block of First Street NE.

Problems began for Morris when he walked up to the teller and said, "Give me $1,500," and the teller asked, "Checking or savings."

The teller figured out that it was a bank robbery, and handed him $3,700 and hidden dye packs.

As Morris walked out of the bank, the dye packs exploded and D.C. police officers saw red smoke coming from the bag.

Morris replied, "Yeah, I did it. It's rough out here."

-- Scott McCabe

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