From the Forum – Big police response at 8th St NE

Big police response at 8th St NE

“This is a two part tale of some sketchiness that I witnessed over a 12 hour period on the Hill last night I’m hoping someone could give me some more information on the arrests that were made, but overall, I wanted to share the story.

Part 1: Last night around 9pm there were 6+ police cars (including one K9 unit) at the corner of 8th and A St NE. (The police response was so large on the corner that it was actually blocking traffic on 8th St.)

From what I could see, the cops had handcuffed two teenagers (maybe around 15 years old) and were questioning a third. At least two of the kids seemed to have been arrested (they left the scene in the back of a cop car).

Anyone know what happened or why those kids were arrested?

Part 2: This morning around 9am, I was walking on A St NE near where the arrest was made last night. I was near Beaver park (a small area of grass on the corner of 9th and A St NE), where I saw a 15 year old kid looking very nervous, walking toward the park. I recognized him right away. He was one of the kids from the arrest scene last night. I watched him as he ran across the park into the bushes that border a neighbor’s house/side yard. I followed him from a distance to see if he was just cutting through, or if he was entering my neighbor’s property. The kid entered my neighbor’s yard and searched around for about 30 seconds, then grabbed something, pulled up his hood, and sprinted away.

There was another person also watching this unfold, he was much closer to the “scene” and he was totally shocked by what he saw. He said that he thought he saw the kid grab a gun that was stashed in my neighbor’s bushes/flower bed.

This is a pretty unusual/bizarre scene for our neighborhood. Beaver park is an area where neighbors walk their dogs. Everyone kinda knows each other, and it’s relatively safe compared to the rest of DC. To see someone rummaging through my neighbor’s immaculate garden was unsettling in itself, but then to realize that it was a kid from last night who was basically returning to the scene of the crime was even more disturbing.

Overall, I’d just like to know what happened last night. What was the arrest all about? I haven’t been able to locate information anywhere.”

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19 Comment

  • hello neighbor
    i was wondering the same
    i have yet to hear much about it either but that is disconcerting to hear

  • I think it would be more disturbing that the police didn’t find it the night before and hadn’t come back in the daylight to search again, if in fact it was a gun that the kid recovered from the scene!

  • I live just a couple of blocks from both intersections and was also wondering what was going on. I often walk my dog in Beaver Park. This is so scary to hear…and scary that there’s been no reporting on what happened.

    • seriously…
      i live on the same block mentioned and have noticed much more activity in the immediate area it seems since the new bus started running down mass ave

    • actually saw a very similar situation panning out in lincoln park on sunday
      3 young teens, one being arrested and i heard the officers speak about recovering a weapon… had to be about 5 cruisers on the scene

  • OP – did you call 911? Just curious.

    • I was going to say the same! I hope OP called/calls it in! It would be especially helpful for police if any of the neighbors have security cameras that might have captured Part 2.

  • I’m sure it goes without saying, but to the OP, please please encourage your neighbor that saw the gun to call the police and be diligent about following up with them. It sounds like a pretty key piece of information for the police and prosecutor to have.

  • I live a couple blocks south of here and didn’t know anything strange was going on.
    Did anyone else hear weird noises last night though? Around 11pm? Sounded like a chicken squawking loudly, and some metal things being repeatedly banged together. Couldn’t figure out what the hell that could be.

  • Call the cops and tell them what you saw. Mention that you think it was the same kid from the incident the night before. It sounds like they were able to hide a gun before the police caught them and he went back the next day to get it. Call the cops now.

  • Should have included in the original post, the cops were called. AM incident was reported right away and the police have all of this information.

  • Disconcerting, disturbing, etc.. why please? This kind of thing is par for course in NE DC. Yes, all of it.

    • regardless of neighborhood i highly doubt that many people enjoy hearing about people stashing guns in their neighbors bushes for whatever reason

    • Not bad, but a little too forward, I think. Try more nuance in your trolling efforts next time. (Though something tells me nuance isn’t part of your repertoire, if you catch my drift.)

  • “This is a pretty unusual/bizarre scene for our neighborhood. Beaver park is an area where neighbors walk their dogs. Everyone kinda knows each other, and it’s relatively safe compared to the rest of DC. ”

    This is easily the most nonsense thing I’ve read all week. Come on, be serious. Yes people walk their dogs there, so what? People walked their dogs in Meridian Hill Park 15 years ago.

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