Ex-Virginia Beach police recruit charged with abduction, domestic assault

Don Irk, charged with domestic assault and abduction. (Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Don Irk, charged with domestic assault and abduction. (Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A former Virginia Beach Police Department recruit was arrested Friday and charged with domestic assault and abduction, according to officials.

Warrants were taken out by the Hampton Police Department for the arrest of 33-year-old Don Edward Irk on Friday. Those warrants were served on the same day by the VBPD.

According to Hampton police, Irk was arrested as a result of a fight that happened on Nov. 3. The victim told police that they were fighting with Irk before he physically assaulted them. After the assault, Irk refused to let the victim leave the home. When the victim escaped, they sought help.

At the time of his arrest, Irk was a VBPD recruit; however, he had not graduated or become a sworn officer. As of Monday, he is no longer employed by the city, said VBPD spokeswoman Linda Kuehn.

Irk is being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.