Home where police shooter held girl as sex slave set on fire
George Hunter and Santiago Esparza / The Detroit News
Detroit — The charred frame on Sorrento Street was all that was left this morning of what police say was a house of horrors for a 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly chained to a toilet for days by a man who walked into a police precinct Sunday and opened fire.
Police officials say Lamar Moore, 38, kidnapped a 13-year-old runaway about a week ago, and kept her as a sex slave inside the house in the 14290 block of Sorrento on the city's northwest side, not far from the Sixth Precinct, where Moore was killed Sunday after shooting four police officers with a pistol-grip shotgun.
The home was set afire early today, police and neighbors said. The Detroit Fire Department's arson squad is investigating the blaze. A cause wasn't determined late this morning.
The upper floor of the home was collapsed. Pornographic magazines were strewn about the property. An exercise bicycle could be seen inside the building.
Although police officials haven't speculated for the record on what may have prompted Moore to enter the precinct and start shooting, sources say investigators were closing in on Moore and had obtained a warrant from a judge to search the Sorrento home Sunday. Court records list a home on Quincy Street as Moore's official address, but neighbors say they saw Moore living on Sorrento, which police confirmed.
Moore also recently lost custody of his son and was ordered to make child support payments.
In 2002, Moore was arrested in Arizona after police stopped him and two others and found 115 pounds of marijuana. Moore pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted possession of marijuana for sale, and was sentenced to three years' probation, which he served in Michigan. According to court records, Moore asked for leniency, claiming he was "caught up in the wrong crowd" and that he wanted to "prove I'm worthy." Moore, who claimed he was self-employed in family court documents, also was arrested in Dearborn in November 1996 for attending a dog fight, although he was only convicted of resisting and obstructing an officer and fined $300, according to court documents.
The four police officers who were shot Sunday — Cmdr. Brian Davis, who's in charge of the precinct; Officer David Anderson; Sgt. Ray Saati; and Sgt. Carrie Schulz — all were expected to recover. Saati and Schulz have been released from Sinai-Grace Hospital and the two others are recovering there, police said.
A press conference is scheduled at the hospital for 3:30 this afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee refused to speculate on a motive for the shooting during a Monday press conference but noted that one of Moore's relatives was sentenced Monday for a double homicide.
Venson Robert Hibbit, who is believed to be Moore's brother, was ordered Monday to serve 30-60 years in prison on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with intent to murder. He also was given a mandatory two-year term for a weapons charge. Hibbit, 29, was convicted this month of fatally shooting Kris Swails, 37, and Mike Koljonen, 37, and wounding a third man last spring in Detroit.