Victim sodomized during home invasion
Police: Southeast attack not random
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.