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Armed Suspect at Wisconsin and Massachusetts, Avenue NW

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Two students have been arrested.

The Metropolitan Police Department is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the report earlier this morning of an armed subject in the area of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?><?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = U1 /?>Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW.  <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Shortly before 9 am on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, officers from the Second District were called to the vicinity of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW, for the report of an individual who may have been armed with a gun.  Officers responded quickly to the scene and subsequently as a precautionary measure, the campus serving several private schools in that immediate vicinity was placed on lockdown as the search for the alleged suspect continued.  It does not appear at this time that there was ever any immediate threat directed towards any school or individual.  

During the course of the investigation officers located a vehicle which appeared to contain a possible firearm inside. A subsequent investigation revealed that the weapon was a BB-gun which was transported to the grounds of the Cathedral by an eighteen-year-old male student.  The investigation further revealed that a second suspect, a juvenile male student, came into possession of the BB-gun before it was returned to the vehicle.

Both students were arrested and charged with violating DC Municipal Regulation, Title 24, and Section 2301, which prohibits the possession of a BB-gun by a juvenile, and further prohibits transportation of such a weapon except in a specifically prescribed manner.

Arrested were 18-year-old Arya Mortazavi of Potomac, Maryland, and a 17-year-old male from Bethesda, Maryland.  There were no reported injuries nor was there any indication of any harmful intent on the part of the two suspects.