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Unraveling Friday's Commotion in Town Center

Police activity downtown played out in front of restaurant patrons and concert-goers.

The buzz of a gorgeous spring evening in Rockville Town Center on Friday was pierced with the sirens of speeding police cruisers and running police officers. 

Patrons of the downtown business district were left wondering what was going on.

Warm weather brought restaurant patrons dining al fresco and residents enjoying the on the .

Around 7 p.m., @ewechtal sent these messages to @RockvillePatch via Twitter:

 ethan wechtaluk ‏@ewechtal

@RockvillePatch we just saw this happen:http://pic.twitter.com/xTjAuVZE

ethan wechtaluk ‏@ewechtal

@RockvillePatch 2 of 3: http://pic.twitter.com/xq47inSu

ethan wechtaluk ‏@ewechtal

@RockvillePatch 3 of 3: http://pic.twitter.com/8DurjF2u

ethan wechtaluk ‏@ewechtal

@RockvillePatch what was it about? there was one cop arresting someone, moments later there were a dozen cars.

On Monday, Rockville City Police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk responded to a Rockville Patch inquiry about the police activity with the following email:

We had several instances of young people causing some disturbances throughout the Town center area on Friday evening. Town Center Security asked for assistance from the Police Department. Through the investigations, two arrests were made. 

Friday’s commotion in Town Center started with station at 2:38 p.m. and included an arrest eight minutes later at a nearby gas station.

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Meanwhile, police at the Metro station interviewed a young man with blood on his arm, who was reportedly involved in an incident not related to the shooting.

Later in the day, around 5 p.m., Rockville City Police could be seen running along East Middle Lane, responding to an unspecified incident in that Treschuk said also was unrelated to the shooting.

amarynth May 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I live in Rockville Town Square, and it's not unusual to see a dozen cop cars gather for what appears to be a routine (and brief) traffic stop.
Sean R. Sedam May 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Good info @amarynth. I think what was unique about Friday was there were so many people out and about enjoying the weather at a time when there were multiple incidents to which police were responding. I posted something because I heard from multiple people via Twitter wondering what was going on. (And because, for a time after the Metro shooting, I was wondering the same thing.)
B Allen May 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I wonder if we are going to start seeing the same thing happening in Rockville and other town centers where people gather for an "evening out on the town", etc as the weather gets warmer. Is this what Obamas' buddy Van Jones meant about the American Fall that is coming? It won't in my area, I guarantee that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4hewrIIzlI
Tom Rossing May 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
What a crass, narcissistic, dogmatic, view of common street crime, committed mostly by juveniles with nothing better to do with their lives. What you displayed here "B Allen" is typical of right-winged conservative America that still cannot grasp the fact that the country is headed by a Black man. PLEASE GET OVER YOURSELF or defect to another country.
Sean R. Sedam May 31, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The latest city police crime blotter provides a few more details about arrests made in the Town Square area on May 18. (See the entry from the unit block of Maryland Avenue.): http://rockville.patch.com/articles/rockville-city-police-reports-49702d83

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