Vic­tim sodom­ized dur­ing home invasion

Po­lice: South­east at­tack not ran­dom

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY AN­DREA NOBLE

In­trud­ers who held eight peo­ple cap­tive in a South­east D.C. home last month tor­tured one man by us­ing pli­ers on the man’s gen­i­tals and sodom­iz­ing him with a broom­stick, ac­cord­ing to a re­cently re­leased po­lice re­port.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment re­port, re­leased nearly two weeks af­ter the Oct. 30 as­sault, pro­vides for the first time the graphic de­tails about the tor­ture the man en­dured. It also in­di­cates that four of the eight peo­ple held hostage at gun­point while the as­sault oc­curred were teenagers, and that the as­sailants stole sev­eral cell­phones and ex­pen­sive sneak­ers from the vic­tims.

Po­lice have said lit­tle pub­licly about the in­ci­dent, ex­cept that the bur­glary was not ran­dom and the man who was tor­tured was the in­tended tar­get of the in­trud­ers. No ar­rests have been made.

Five men forced their way through the front door of the home in the 4200 block of South­ern Av­enue and or­dered five of the home’s oc­cu­pants into the base­ment at gun­point in the overnight hours of Oct. 30, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Po­lice ini­tially said there were four in­trud­ers.

The po­lice re­port states that those five vic­tims — in­clud­ing boys 15 and 17 and a 17-year-old girl — were held in the base­ment un­til three other men ar­rived at the home and the in­trud­ers forced them into the base­ment as well.

The 22-year-old man who was sex­u­ally as­saulted was among the three men who ar­rived at the house later. Po­lice did not say whether he was sum­moned to the home in any way.

The in­trud­ers de­manded money from the 22-year-old man. Then one of the in­trud­ers, de­scribed only as a black man in his 30s, as­saulted the man by “pry­ing at his hands and gen­i­tals with pli­ers” and sodom­ized him with a broom, the re­port states.

The man suf­fered bro­ken bones, se­vere lac­er­a­tions and pos­si­ble in­ter­nal in­juries as a re­sult of the vi­cious at­tack, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The at­tack­ers fled af­ter the as­sault, tak­ing with them three pairs of sneak­ers, in­clud­ing a pair of Nike Air Foam­pos­ites and a $275 pair of Michael Jordans, an NBA video game and three cell­phones.

Po­lice said the case was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Res­i­dents of the home have pre­vi­ously de­clined to com­ment.

De­tec­tives were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mo­tive in Mr. Kirby’s slay­ing, but Alexan­dria Po­lice Depart­ment spokes­woman Ash­ley Hilde­brandt said po­lice “don’t be­lieve there is a threat to the pub­lic.”

No in­for­ma­tion was avail­able about pos­si­ble sus­pects.

Mr. Kirby was found dead in­side his home in the 200 block of Elm Street around 12:30 p.m. Mon­day. Ms. Hilde­brandt said the homi­cide oc­curred within a mat­ter of hours from the time he was dis­cov­ered. He had been shot mul­ti­ple times.

At the Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments, a body that rep­re­sents the area’s 19 lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions, Mr. Kirby over­saw long-range plan­ning for re­gional trans­porta­tion sys­tems.

In a state­ment re­leased Tues­day, of­fi­cials from the agency called Mr. Kirby a “trusted col­league and a dear friend.”

“Dr. Kirby, one of the re­gion’s lead­ing ex­perts on trans­porta­tion plan­ning, was a key fig­ure in all as­pects of our work on re­gional plan­ning and col­lab­o­ra­tion,” spokes­woman Jeanne Sad­dler said in a state­ment. “His deep knowl­edge and wise coun­sel as­sisted lo­cal, state and na­tional of­fi­cials in reach­ing con­sen­sus on the ma­jor trans­porta­tion is­sues over the years.”

Prior to join­ing the agency, Mr. Kirby di­rected the trans­porta­tion pro­gram at the Ur­ban In­sti­tute. He was born in Ade­laide, Aus­tralia, and re­ceived un­der­grad­u­ate and doctoral de­grees from the Univer­sity of Ade­laide, South Aus­tralia.

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