Updated: October 14, 2013 8:25AM
CROWN POINT — At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Crown Point Police discovered a pot and alcohol party on the city’s north side while responding to a complaint about loud music in the 9800 block of Tyler Street, just a few blocks north of Beaver Dam Ditch.
As the officers arrove, they say several cars pulling into a driveway and lots of kids getting out of the cars, according to a press release from the police department last week.
The officers told the kids just arriving to leave, as theycould hear loud music coming from the rear of the house. The kids in the back yard saw the officers walking back there and several people who appeared to be teens began to run away and jump fences, while others ran inside the house, according to police. They then began to shut off the lights and close the curtains.
One male subject was located trying to hide behind a shed in the backyard. He told police that there were about 20 more people inside the house. As the officers knocked on the front door they reported that they could smell a strong odor of burned marijuana coming from inside the house.
The police then had the person they had found behind the shed call his friends inside the house to open the door. The occupants refused, according to police.
The officers told them to open the door or they would get a search warrant for the house.
The persons inside the home said they would call the officers’ “bluff.” The officers acquired a search warrant and forced their way into the house.
Inside, they found a total of 15 adults, all teenagers, and 3 juveniles, under the age of 18, all of whom were arrested. Officers allegedly found a small amount of marijuana inside.
The 15 teenage adults were each charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and resisting law enforcement. Their mailing addresses showed six were from Crown Point; two from Dyer; one from St. John, Griffith, Merrillville and Munster; and three from Schererville. The three juveniles were released to their parents.