Leesburg, Va. – Families less than a mile away from the Leesburg Police Department got the shock of their lifetime Friday morning when they were awoken before 5 a.m. to the sound of police on loudspeakers in their neighborhood.
“They were saying, ‘Come out with your hands up and that went on for 40 minutes,’” said one couple who didn’t want to be identified.
The police were surrounding a home in the 100 block of Appletree Dr. NE. At this point, police have not discussed what kind of criminal activity is suspected of occurring inside the home or by those occupying the home.
“Several subjects were located inside the residence and interviews are being conducted at this time,” said a statement released by the Leesburg Police Department. “There were no injuries to any residents or law enforcement personnel, and there is no danger to the public.”
Investigators with the police department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Louden County Sheriff’s Office spent more than 12 hours at the home.
Although police wouldn’t confirm this information, many residents said they were told by officers on scene that the investigation is tied in some way to MS-13 gang activity. That is an international gang out of Central America with active members in major cities across the U.S.
That information had many neighbors unwilling to talk to us on camera. Neighbors did share information about activity around the home and why it seemed suspicious long before police arrived with guns drawn Friday morning.
“There were lots of people living there,” said one neighbor. “We thought up to twelve people in and out all the time.”
Neighbors also noticed bedsheets across at least one large window and strange activity in the backyard with people possibly living back there in outbuildings. They’re worried about continued suspicious activity including violence in the neighborhood as a result of this raid.
“We don’t want retribution,” said another neighbor. “We have small children up and down this street, we don’t want to have to worry about their safety.”