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Four armed, masked men break into house, beat some occupants, D.C. police say

Police are searching for four armed men who broke into a house in Southeast Washington early Wednesday, held the occupants against their will, and beat some of them. Police said one victim was sexually assaulted.

Police said the 2 a.m. attack in the 4200 block of Southern Ave. SE was not random.

Four armed and masked men held five occupants in the basement, police said. When three other people came to the house, the armed men forced them, too, into the basement, assaulted them, and took one into a separate room, police said.

The armed men demanded money, threatened him, and then physically and sexually assaulted him, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

Peter Hermann covers crime for The Washington Post.

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