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The Blotter: Post office knifing; Fairfax cruiser crunched in hit-and-run; Brandywine beating death

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Naomi Jagoda

Silver Spring man sentenced for post office knifing

A 68-year-old man was sentenced to nine years in prison for stabbing another man during an argument at a Silver Spring post office.

Ray Alfred Young was found guilty by a jury of first-degree assault and attempted voluntary manslaughter.

Montgomery County authorities said Young accused a 58-year-old of cutting in line at a post office on New Hampshire Avenue, pulled out a 4-inch butterfly knife, and stabbed the man in his chest, back and arm. Young then left the building, and grabbed a pole from the trunk of his vehicle, and attempted to go back inside the building but was turned back by witnesses who said they had called police.

Fairfax police cruiser struck in hit-and-run

A Fairfax County police cruiser was struck in a hit-and-run incident in the Annandale area over the weekend, police said.

About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a dark, four-door sedan traveling westbound on Masonville Drive went through a stop sign and turned onto Gallows Road. The vehicle struck the rear quarter panel of a police cruiser that was heading southbound on Gallows Road, causing the cruiser to spin and hit a utility pole, Fairfax County police said.

After striking the cruiser, the sedan did not stop and continued toward Little River Turnpike. The police officer in the cruiser was not injured, police said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

Brandywine man beaten to death in home

Prince George's County police are investigating the slaying of a 55-year-old man whose body was found in his Brandywine home.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a family member found Alphonso Ray Drew unresponsive on the 12900 block of Cherry Tree Crossing Road. Drew was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

An autopsy performed Monday morning found that Drew died as a result of blunt-force trauma, police said.

-- Scott McCabe & Naomi Jagoda

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