Wednesday, July 08, 2015
More on the 4th of July Murder of Kevin Sutherland
The NoMa station at night
The Washington Post reports further details on about the Independence day Metro murder, and this story is so awful it's actually hard to read and fully digest. Kevin Sutherland, a 24 year old AU grad who worked in politics and digital media, was taking Metro on his way to meet up with friends. It was a little before 1pm on a Saturday and the trains were full of passengers out celebrating the holiday. 18 year old Jasper Spires was on the same train. Two days earlier Spires had been arrested for violently robbing a man on the street, but it ended up getting downgraded to a misdemeanor (because nothing was actually taken) and he was released the next day.
Apparently Spires jumped right back into it, because he was robbing people on the train again that Saturday. He tried to grab a cellphone from Sutherland and a struggle ensued. Spires punched Sutherland repeatedly until he fell to the ground. After that Spires kicked and stabbed him as Sutherland cried out, leaving him with as many as 30-40 stab wounds and lacerations. Then Spires stomped on Sutherland's body. Then Spires robbed the horrified other passengers. All of this happened as the train was on its way from Rhode Island Avenue to the NoMa station. That trip takes about 2-3 minutes to complete.
Spires got off the train, jumped a turnstile and shed some belongings (leaving behind an insurance card with his name on it). He was arrested two days later. The Washington Post reports that until recently Spires was enrolled in a two year college in North Carolina where he studied environmental engineering. MPD has suggested that Spires may have been under the influence of a synthetic drug at the time of the attack (the Post story contains a quote from an officer who previously encountered Spires saying the young man had seemed "under the influence," and that he talked to himself).