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81-year-old reported missing from Takoma Park found


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have located an 81-year-old Takoma Park woman who had been reported missing.

Irma Zelaya, age 81, was last seen on February 16th at about 12:20 p.m. at the Washington Adventists Hospital in the 7600 block of Carroll Avenue, according to Takoma Park Police.

Residents in her apartment building saw Zelaya leave her apartment building in the 7000 block of Carroll Avenue around 9 a.m. Zelaya arrived at the Washington Adventists Hospital voluntarily and was checked in to a room around noon, police said.

When nurses went to check on Zelaya around 12:20 p.m. she was no longer in her room.

Zelaya is described as a Hispanic female, standing at 5'4" tall and weighing 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, a cream pearl necklace, blue jeans and tennis shoes. She suffers from early stages of Alzheimer's.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

MISSING: 29-year-old Takoma Park man


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA 9) -- The Takoma Park Police Department needs your help locating a 29-year-old Takoma Park man.

Alexander Taylor was last seen Monday, Jan. 26 at the Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH) in the 7600 block of Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park around 11:25 a.m.

Police say Taylor is a black male, light complexion, 6'0, 215 lbs. and medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, blue jeans and a dark colored coat, police said.

Anyone who has information about Alexander Taylor's whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #15004159.


Police: Driver escaped after crashing stolen vehicle


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The driver of a stolen vehicle led police on a chase, crashed the car, and escaped without being arrested on Sunday afternoon, according to Takoma Park Police.

At about 3:49 p.m. police attempted to stop a car that was reported stolen out of Connecticut . The driver refused to stop and police chased him through several residential neighborhoods in Takoma Park and Hyattsville.

The chase ended when the man crashed into three unoccupied parked car in the 7200 block of Riggs Road, police said. Two police cars were also damaged, according to police.

The driver left the vehicle and fled the scene, police said. The driver is described as a black male in his 20s with dread locks, last seen wearing a white T-shirt, police said.


MISSING: 14-year-old Takoma Park girl


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Takoma Park Police need your help locating a missing 14-year-old girl.

Ashely Lemus was last seen in the 7600 block of Piney Branch Road, according to police.

Lemus is described as a black female, standing at 5'2" tall and weighing 105 pounds. Lemus has brown eyes and black hair and was last seen wearing a red coat, blue sweater and blue jeans, police said.

Anyone who has information about Lemus' whereabouts is asked to contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100 and refer to case #15001196.


DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Woman assaulted on 6900 block of New Hampshire Avenue


TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Police are looking for man who assaulted a woman after asking her for money Saturday night.

According to the Takoma Park Police Department, at approximately 10 p.m., a woman was assaulted by a man as she was walking north on New Hampshire Avenue. The man asked the woman for money and when she ignored him and kept walking, he grabbed her from behind in a "bear hug" and started to choke her, police said.

The victim was able to fight the man off before he fled on to Kentland Avenue, police said. The victim was not physically injured and the suspect did not get any property from the victim, according to police.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5 foot 4 inches and 150 pounds. Police say he was last seen wearing blue jeans, an orange shirt, gray hoodie and white Nike tennis shoes.