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Suspect In Pentagon Scare Appears In Court For A Previous Case

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Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., is being investigated in 2010 shootings at military buildings.
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Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va., is being investigated in 2010 shootings at military buildings.

Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria made an initial court appearance today on two grand larceny charges for a previous case. He appeared via a video hookup from the Loudoun County jail.

There was no mention of his detention last week after U.S. Park Police found him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Officials investigated the contents of his backpack for what they initially feared might be bomb-making materials.

No federal charges have been filed, though his detention on state charges gives federal authorities more time to investigate the Pentagon scare.

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