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Teen beaten in Six Flags attack has emergency surgery

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 15-year-old who was beaten outside Six Flags amusement park had emergency surgery Tuesday morning to remove a portion of his skull, officials said.

Doctors had to remove a portion of his skull due to life-threatening swelling. He's expected to be in a medically induced come for some time in hope the swelling can go down enough for his brain to heal and for him to survive.

The teen was attacked during an outbreak of mayhem outside Six Flags Saturday that may have been inspired by a Hollywood movie, according to witnesses.

"They were hearing people yell "Purge," "Purge," said Zina Pierre, a spokeswoman for the injured boy's family.

"The Purge" is a 2013 movie by Universal Pictures that depicts masked characters and chaos during the "one night a year" that "all crime is legal."

Witnesses describe chaos at Six Flags' 'Fright Fest'

LARGO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fright Fest lived up to its name not because of how scary it was inside the Six Flags amusement Park in Largo, but because of what happened out in the parking lot.

Witnesses say fights broke out Saturday night after the amusement park closed.

Three teenagers were injured and there was a traffic nightmare outside Six Flags as police were arriving and parents frantically tried to reunite with their children.

As a result the park increased security Sunday night.

Katrina Walker was at the park to pick up her son, Caleb, who had been celebrating his 15th birthday. But that celebration she said, ended in chaos: "I heard one or two gunshots, maybe three gun shots. I heard it. They came, all the police cars."

Walker says kids ran out of the park saying there was also a stabbing, but police will not confirm that report.

PG police shut down drug market 'The Yard'

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A secluded open air drug market in Upper Marlboro called "The Yard" has been shut down after a police raid, Prince George's County police said.

Police started investigating the area, located at 15228 Marlboro Pike, in June after receiving a Crime Solvers tip. They say The Yard "attracted both drug dealers and buyers" and "operated similarly to an open-air drug market."


But residents Charles and Carl Matthews who are 60-year-old twins claim the allegations of an open-air drug market are "made up".

Md. man convicted of murdering wife 42 years later

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 65-year-old Maryland man has been found guilty of murdering his wife in 1972, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced Thursday.

James Bonnett was convicted of murdering his wife Diana in 1972. However, "received a new trial after the decision in Unger v. Maryland found that all the defendants from the 1970s whose judge told the jury that the instructions on the law were 'advisory only' could have another opportunity at a post-conviction hearing, the Office of the Prince George's County State's attorney said.

"This is a tremendous victory," Alsobrooks said. "No matter how long it takes or how hard it may be, we will not rest until we bring people to justice. Mr. Bonnett is a man with a terrible institutional record and has no remorse for what he did. He deserves to be in prison."

Students injured in MD school bus crash

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- More than seven people were injured when a student crashed his car into a school bus on Tuesday.

Students were on the way home from Dr. Henry Wise Jr., High School when the accident occurred, Prince George's County Public Schools said.

The bus was driving on Westphalia Road when a sedan attempted to pass the bus, Prince George's County Public Information Officer Corporal McKinney said.

The sedan then struck the bus and sent it off the road. The driver of the sedan, a student at Henry Wise Jr. High School, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Five students from Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High were aboard the bus when the accident occurred. The driver and the students were being transported for minor injuries.

Bus driver pleads guilty after bus hits student

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- The school bus driver charged after an April incident where his bus drifted and hit a child has plead guilty.

In April of 2014 Arturo Roberto Harris of Clinton, Maryland left a school bus unattended with four students on board, police said. The bus then drifted across a busy street and struck an 8-year-old boy at a bus stop before landing in a ditch.

Harris plead guilty to one count of leaving an unattended child, three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of failing to curb the wheels of an unattended vehicle, the Prince George's County State's Attorney said.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement that : "We are pleased that Mr. Harris has admitted guilt in this matter in which he exercised poor judgment."

Arrest made in Langley Park slaying

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Police in Prince George's County say they have arrested a man in connection of the murder of a man found stabbed in a street in Langley Park.

Police said Saturday that they have arrested 25-year-old Mynor Vargas-Salguero of Langley Park in the death of 32-year-old Miguel Angel Barillas.

Barillas was found dead Wednesday of an apparent stab wound in the 8000 block of 15th Avenue.

Police say detectives believe Vargas-Salguero stabbed Barillas during a robbery and that an investigation revealed Vargas-Salguero took Barillas' cell phone. Vargas-Salguero is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Vargas-Salguero did not appear to have a listed telephone number.