- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 8, 2004


Alexandria police yesterday were investigating an apparent kidnapping that included the discovery of a freshly dug grave.

The man’s wife called police to their apartment, where she told them three men posing as law-enforcement officers forced their way in late Tuesday night, pulled a weapon and took the man away.

Soon afterward, several residents of the Watergate at Landmark apartments called 911 to report suspicious activity in some nearby woods.

“They discovered the man on the other side of the fence with the suspects, in a struggle. When they climbed the fence, they were able to rescue the victim in this case,” said Capt. David Ray of the Alexandria Police.

“Close to where they were struggling, there was a makeshift grave that had been dug there. And there was still a shovel and a pickax lying in the grave,” Capt. Ray said.

Lt. John Crawford, a police spokesman, said investigators don’t know what was planned for the grave. But it was still very disturbing to some residents.

“It seems like a freakish thing. I don’t know how many of my neighbors are looking to kidnap people and bury them behind the building,” said Judson Blewett.

One unidentified suspect — who police said is 75 years old — was caught at the scene with a handgun. He was later taken to a hospital after complaining of chest pains and had not yet been charged.

A second suspect, David M. Klutz, 37, was arrested later yesterday morning at his apartment in the Watergate, where police said they found weapons and false police identification, among other things.

Police also arrested Aubrey H. Berryman, 25, who lived nearby in Fairfax County.

Mr. Klutz and Mr. Berryman were charged with abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Police said the 55-year-old victim was not seriously hurt.

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