- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 9, 2006

The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested four persons in connection a stabbing death early yesterday morning in Georgetown.

Police officials say Alan Senit, 27, of London, was stabbed in the throat during a robbery in the 3100 block of Q Street Northwest as he and a woman were retrieving items from a car trunk.

Murder charges have been filed against Christopher Piper, 25, and Jeffrey Rice, 22, both of Southeast, and Olivia Miles, 26, of Northeast, according to police. Miss Miles apparently was the getaway driver. Police also have filed a murder charge against an unidentified 15-year-old male from Southeast .

Lt. Robert Glover of the police department’s violent crimes division said Mr. Rice is also charged with attempted sexual assault of the woman who was with Mr. Senit.

The incident occurred at about 2:15 a.m. in a driveway. The woman with Mr. Senit was dragged down the driveway as Mr. Senit was stabbed, police said.

Police said they’re investigating whether those arrested were involved in other recent robberies in the Georgetown area.

“This unfortunately started out as a robbery and wound up very tragically,” said Andrew Solberg, commander of the police department’s 2nd District.

Lt. Glover said police made a fast arrest because they obtained useful information from an active investigation into other recent robberies in the area.

He said that investigation is ongoing as detectives look into whether the group charged in the stabbing also could be responsible for other crimes.

Lt. Glover said a woman’s purse was recovered after the suspects were arrested.

William Starrels, a Ward 2 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, said Mr. Senit was in the United States for an internship.

“I guess what’s so unusual is the sheer viciousness of it,” he said.

Mr. Starrels also said Mr. Senit “essentially gave up his life” to protect the woman he was with when they were robbed.

“It can happen in any part of the city, absolutely,” he said.

Police declined to release details about Mr. Senit other than his age and where he was from, saying his family had not yet arrived in the District.

Cmdr. Solberg said several people tried to help Mr. Senit, but he was pronounced dead at the scene “despite almost immediate arrival” by police and city emergency-rescue workers.

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