Investigative Time Runs Out for Retiring FBI Agent


Time has run out for Washington, D.C., FBI agent Brad Garrett, who helped solve the Starbucks slayings in the Georgetown area, helped persuade sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to confess and flew to Pakistan to help nab the man who gunned down two CIA workers outside the agency’s headquarters in McLean. One of the most renowned agents to work in the Washington field office, he retired Thursday after 16 years in Washington and 21 years in all — regretfully, he told the Washington Post, before he could solve some of his most famous cases. The mandatory retirement age is 57. He is 58, finishing up a one-year extension.

In recent weeks, Garrett hardly acted like a guy winding things down. He conducted interviews, checked criminal records — and hopped on a plane recently to track a possible lead in the slaying of Chandra Levy. Besides the Levy killing, Garrett had his sights on solving the case of a Vietnamese woman and her 2 1/2 -year-old son slain in Fairfax County in 1995, possibly the victims of Asian organized crime. And the 1999 execution-style slaying in McLean of an Iraqi woman, her son and her husband, who was working on a food-for-oil deal with Iraq. “It causes me a lot of anxiety,” Garrett said. “Cases become sort of part of you, and these kind of cases tend to do that more so because they are investigated for so many years.”


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