3 more murder charges filed against man Carjack suspect still held in W.Va.

October 13, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons and Michael James | Sheridan Lyons and Michael James,Staff Writers

A Wheaton man accused of killing a George Washington University professor for her car was charged yesterday with three other killings.

Allan Patterson Newman, 41, also was accused of stealing a car in Baltimore County on Friday and exchanging gunshots with an off-duty police officer. He was arrested after a three-state chase that culminated with another shootout in Harper's Ferry, W.Va.

Mr. Newman, an unemployed house painter now jailed in Martinsburg, W.Va., was linked to the homicide cases in tests conducted by federal ballistics experts on the gun he was carrying, police said. Mr. Newman had been charged Saturday with the Feb. 24 killing of Dr. Shahin Hashtroudi, who was shot outside her Bethesda office by a man who stole her 1986 Toyota Camry.

Arrest warrants obtained yesterday by the Montgomery County police charged Mr. Newman with first-degree murder in these cases:

* The Jan. 15 shooting of Jose Ramos, 31, in the parking lot of his apartment house in the 1600 block of E. Jefferson St., Rockville

* The double-slaying Nov. 13 of Maura Portillo, 39, of Silver Spring and Jose Escobar, 30, of Hyattsville, two members of the cleaning crew for Tischer Auto of Silver Spring.

Authorities said other charges may be forthcoming, with investigators in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia combing through unsolved carjacking and bank robbery cases.

Among those unsolved crimes is the Feb. 18 shooting death of Baltimore businessman J. Schuyler Alland in what was believed to have been a carjacking. Mr. Alland was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in a wooded area of the National Agricultural Research Center in northern Prince George's County. His $80,000 BMW automobile was missing.

Pat Hynes, special agent in charge of the Washington field division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said a ballistics expert would conduct tests today on the bullet that killed Mr. Alland.

Mr. Hynes said an ATF firearms specialist over the weekend received the slugs from the Hashtroudi, Ramos, Portillo and Escobar slayings and determined they had been fired from the .357-caliber Ruger handgun confiscated when Mr. Newman was arrested.

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