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Police Seek Persons of Interest in Northeast Robbery

(WASHINGTON) -- Metro Police are seeking the public's help with identifying and locating two persons of interest in a robbery in Northeast Washington, D.C. on Monday.

The robbery happened just before 6 a.m. at a business located on the 4100 block of Hunt Place NE.

Police have relased surveillance video of the pair being sought. Anyone with information on the two persons is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.

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Man Charged in Death of 1-Year-Old Boy in Hyattsville

(WASHINGTON) -- A 21-year-old man has been charged in the death of a toddler in Hyattsville, Md.

Melvin Edenilson Melendez was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of 1-year-old Jason Perez.

Prince George's County Police said the child was reported unresponsive at a home on 30th Avenue on Dec. 10, and was taken to a local hospital, where he died two days later.

Melendez is said to be in a romantic relationship with Jason's mother, and the child was reportedly left in the man's care while the mother was at work, when the incident happened

"Melendez called 911 to report the child had fallen out of bed and wasn’t breathing. An autopsy revealed injuries inconsistent with a fall and the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries. The medical examiner’s office has ruled this a homicide," Prince George's County Police said in a statement.

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Man, 41, Struck and Killed by Train in Beltsville

(WASHINGTON) -- A man is dead after being hit by a train in Beltsville, Md. Monday morning.

Prince George's County Police said 41-year-old Ascenscion Guevara was struck by a MARC train on the 11600 block of Baltimore Avenue that was headed from Muirkirk Station to Union Station.

Guevara was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the man was trying to walk across the train tracks to visit a local coffee shop when he was struck.

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Silver Spring Man Arrested as Crime Spree Leaves One Dead

(WASHINGTON) -- A Silver Spring man was arrested Sunday following his involvement in a series of illegal events that left one person dead, according to police.

Sebastian Isaksen is charged with carjacking, assault, and charges related to the carjacking.  

According to Prince George's County Police, on Sunday evening Isaksen was involved in a vehicular accident on the Capital Beltway, when a Branchville Volunteer Fire Department ambulance crew stopped to help. Police said the 34-year-old Isaksen then assaulted the crew, stole the ambulance, and drove off.

"He approached slow-moving traffic in the 6200 block of Greenbelt Road and struck three occupied vehicles.  The ambulance then left the roadway and hit nine additional cars and overturned in a restaurant parking lot," Prince George's County Police said in a statement.

The driver of the first car struck in the initial multi-car collision -- 77-year-old Alvin Hargrave -- was taken to a local hospital, where he died. A 36-year-old pregnant woman, who was a passenger in the same vehicle, was taken to an area hospital in stable condition. Isaksen also sustained injuries, and remains hospitalized under police guard.

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White House: Obama Supports Vote to Legalize Marijuana in DC

(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama supports legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the nation's capital as approved by D.C. voters in a November referendum, the White House says.

But he also reluctantly supports and would sign a government funding bill that includes a rider blocking the measure, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Congressional negotiators have quietly tucked into a $1.1 trillion spending deal, a provision prohibiting the district from spending money to enact the new policy.

"We do not believe that Congress should spend a lot of time interfering with the ability of the citizens of the District of Columbia to make decisions related to how they should govern their community," Earnest told ABC's Jonathan Karl.

But despite the concerns, "the president supports the passage of this compromise proposal and would sign it if it arrives on his desk."

D.C. voters approved a referendum in November, by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, to legalize the possession of up to 2 ounces of pot or up to three plants for personal use.

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