DC activist slain - random murder or targeted killing?
If 9/11 has taught me anything, it's that I must question everything.
A number of things don't add up. First, why would the attacker try to pull off the woman's clothes, DECLARE that he's about to rape her, yet suddenly stop and only take her purse? And how is it that in the process, this woman miraculously 'didn't get hurt?'
Three assailants who cut the throat of an aspiring politician from Britain killed him and tried to rape his female companion early yesterday in the driveway of a Georgetown mansion, police reported, after the couple had returned from a night at the movies.
The victim, Alan Senitt, 27, a Jewish activist and volunteer for former Virginia governor Mark R. Warner, died at the scene, police said. The woman, whom police declined to identify, was not injured.* * *
According to police and others, the attack occurred shortly after 2 a.m. as Senitt was seeing the woman home. The couple walked north on 31st Street NW, then turned west toward Wisconsin Avenue on Q Street NW, where the woman lives.
The two were rummaging in the trunk of a car when they were approached by three men wielding a gun and a knife. Police said Piper, who had the gun, grabbed the woman and began dragging her down the driveway. Out of view of his companions, he tried to pull off her clothes, police said. The attacker made a comment "in reference to his intent to commit a sexual assault," said Lt. Robert Glover of the police department's violent crimes branch, which is handling the investigation.
Meanwhile, the other two assailants grabbed Senitt, stabbed him and slashed his throat.
As Senitt lay dying, the three men fled with the woman's purse. The woman ran onto Q Street, flagged down a taxi and begged for help.
"She came in the street and was yelling, 'Stop! I need help! We got robbed!' " said taxi driver Ayalew Haile, who returned to Georgetown yesterday to retrieve his cab, which was trapped behind police tape for much of the day. "I stopped because you have to help someone. My passenger called the police for her."
Police received the 911 call at 2:18 a.m. and responded with paramedics almost immediately. They found several people trying to help Senitt, Glover said, "though those efforts were fruitless." Senitt's body was taken to the medical examiner's office.
The woman, a former babysitter for developer Herb Miller, lives in Miller's basement apartment. She was too upset to talk to reporters[snip].
And as she runs for help, she screams 'we've been robbed' and not 'they slit his throat!' or 'call an ambulance!'
So, who is Alan Senitt and who might want him dead?
"He was a serious contender for mainstream political life. He was up and coming. He would have been brilliant, I'm sure of it," said Danny Stone director of the Co-Existence Trust, an organization which Mr Senitt was previously director of and which worked towards dialogue between Jews and Muslims.We may never know whether this murder was random or politically motivated and orchestrated to blend into a landscape littered with crime. But one thing is sure - these are very dangerous times.