200 teens trash stranger’s home during house party

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Between 150 and 200 teens broke into a Chesterfield home Thursday night and threw a house party, according to police.

After kicking down the door to the home, the party grew larger and larger as word spread through social media. Several hours after, the party-goers left the vacant house strewn with beer cans and what appears to be marijuana.

Police were called to the 6500 block of Regal Grove Lane about 10:30  p.m. to break up the party. Five teenagers, whose ranged in age from 15 – 17, were charged with trespassing.

The home, which was vacant, is recently purchased by L.J. Muchenje. Muchenje and his family were planning on moving in within two weeks.

“Just the feeling that somebody got into your space,” Muchenje said. “What gives somebody the nerve to just get into someone’s house? I was very disappointed.”

It was soon determined that the house was vacant and the front door had been kicked in. Five juveniles, whose ages ranged from 15-17, were charged with trespassing. Aside from the damage to the front door, some window screens were damaged.

L.J. said he wants punishment and an apology from the teens.

“I just want some justice so they know what they did wasn’t right.”

Fran Foster is a neighbor from down the street. She came by the home to survey the aftermath of the party and said she was shocked.

“A lot of obscenities,” Foster said. “Just brash behavior, just very bold.”

Muchenje still plans to move in at the end of next month with his wife and three-year-old.

The investigation into the incident continues. Anyone with information should contact police or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

15 comments

  • Ron Melancon

    This happened in New York also. Let me guess when these punks get arrested are they also start a petition and blame everybody else? What is wrong with this flash mob?

  • Ginni

    I live in this neighborhood and am very upset about this. I don’t want random punk kids thinking they can come here and do stuff like that. I hope their parents severely punish them and you best believe they would be paying for ALL damages.

  • Joyce

    You don’t have to look far for the culprits – your neighbors’ kids and juvenile delinquent friends.

  • ben wells

    the 5 arrested should be given 200 hours each community service, for every other attendee they name, not previously named, knock off 1 hour. Community service served cleaning, painting, and any other repairs needed at house and neighborhood.

    • Belsma

      It should. If my teen did this she would be at that house and cleaning up her screw up. This is so unacceptable. I am not a “perfect” parent, but I call my kid out when she messes up.

  • Ted Jonas

    This would be breaking and entering IF the police could prove that those arrested were the ones who kicked in the door. Right now they apparently can’t prove that so their only choice was trespassing. I am sure they will try to get more information on who did what.

    • Chris Murphy

      According to Virginia code it is not breaking and entering unless the house is currently being lived in. Since it is a vacant house it is only trespassing and vandalism.

  • johnny

    find out who the kids are and sue their parents for any damage.the police will do nothing so really its all they can do.maybe hitting some parent in the pocket will make them think to actually raise their little tax deduction.

  • mbaker9105

    While it doesn’t excuse the behavior, yet another example of society being shocked by the very behavior our “rules” have caused in part. There is a shortage of activities the young people can do and want to do, the drinking age was raised from 18 to 21 (stupid in my opinion), etc. etc. Fact is young people are going to drink, making it illegal only leads to using easier to get drugs and these mobs because they can’t get into bars and hangout where they can mingle like they want (and we used to do). Back in the day not so long ago when drinking age was 18 (same age as an adult for everything else), we had smaller parties at houses, or local outdoor hangouts (like a lake or river), and maybe grab some beer and sit on the truck tailgate at the drive in. There was also a certain amount of respect that was taught and expected. You could even count on peer pressure to enforce that. Lord help you if you tore up someones property like this. Now its all about people “protecting” their kids, so the lesson they learn from the parents is to not own up to anything. And even if parents try to do things (I remember the Henrico case a few years back) like hold graduation parties, etc. with the kids having parental permission and guidance (at least then you knew where they were and could monitor them), some busybodies have to interfere and cause problems. So I almost chuckle every time I see this story and peoples outrage.

    • Tom C.

      Do you have a point somewhere in the long comment? BTW, drinking age has nothing to do with teenagers destroying property.

  • Jay

    Far worse than the kids at Varina HS or down in NC last week. 200 teenagers can not keep quiet…..there will be more arrest.

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