CEDAR RAPIDS — Police arrested five juveniles this week after a large disturbance in the Wellington Heights neighborhood.
Officers were called to Washington Avenue and 18th Street SE at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on a large melee that stemmed from an incident of harassment, public safety spokesperson Greg Buelow said.
They found 10 to 12 boys and girls loudly arguing and threatening to fight — “a lot of yelling and profanity,” Buelow said.
Officers asked the group to disperse several times, Buelow said, but several of the juveniles continued to yell and “create a disturbance.”
The incident apparently started with an older man sitting on his front porch confronted the group.
The teens were creating a lot of noise near the man’s house, and he asked them to move. Instead of leaving, the juveniles began harassing the man — yelling at and threatening him, Buelow said.
Buelow said it’s possible the group also was fighting earlier in the day near Greene Square.
Those arrested were a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old boy on a charge of disorderly conduct; two 13-year-old boys on charges of interference of official acts, one with injury, and disorderly conduct; and a 14-year-old boy on charges of second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct.
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