Players hosted Arundel party where man was shot

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Redskins, 49ers linebackers were not involved, police say

June 29, 2005|By Andrea F. Siegel and Annie Linskey | Andrea F. Siegel and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF

The boisterous party at a Gambrills mansion that ended with a shooting was hosted by two NFL stars who had rented the home, including Washington Redskins star linebacker LaVar Arrington, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Police said neither Arrington nor San Francisco 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson, the co-host, was involved in the shooting early Sunday. A security guard was wounded when he intervened in a scuffle after Arrington had assured police that he was shutting down the 400-guest event, police said.

James G. Sidney, 35, of Hyattsville was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said he was in serious but stable condition and said they have questioned him. Hospital officials said yesterday that at Sidney's request, no information about his condition is being released.

Arrington, a three-time Pro Bowler starting his sixth year in the National Football League, issued a statement yesterday about what he termed an "unfortunate incident" at a party that he said was to "conclude a series of charity events."

"I had no involvement in the incident, and to my knowledge neither did any of the guests at the party. I feel terrible about the injury to the guard, who was only doing his job, and pray he recovers quickly and fully," the statement said.

It was unclear whether Peterson was there, said Lt. Joseph E. Jordan, a police spokesman. Agents for the players did not return calls yesterday.

Police said they had responded to noise complaints twice Saturday evening in the latest of a series of parties that authorities and neighbors say have drawn large numbers of people to the gated, 18,000- square-foot Gambrills Mansion, which is on 6.3 acres.

County officials said they are looking into whether commercial events were being held in a home in a residentially zoned area, which would violate local zoning laws, said county spokeswoman Pam Jordan.

She also said the house had not passed mechanical and electrical inspections and lacked a residential occupancy permit.

"That's crazy," said Michael Ron Worthy, a lawyer for the company that owns the house.

Early yesterday, he said that the company's owner has been living there for three years with his wife and was at the party. In a statement released later, he said the property is "currently unoccupied and will soon be used as one of the principal's private home."

State property records list the company president as Oladipo Olaformiloye. Police said Olaformiloye owns the house in the 1700 block of Saddle Drive in the upscale rural area.

Officers went to the mansion just before 8 p.m. Saturday after complaints about loud music. They returned at midnight after neighbors complained again, Lt. Jordan said.

Arrington then offered to shut down the party. Officers stood by to make sure guests left, and while police were there just before 1 a.m., the security guard was shot about 100 feet from the house on the lawn, Jordan said.

Jordan said the party was co-hosted by True Playaz Entertainment, a Detroit-based event promotion company.

Redskins officials had no comment yesterday.

Friday, prosecutors in Miami charged Redskins safety Sean Taylor with pointing a gun during a June 1 dispute about an all-terrain vehicle.

State property records show that the Gambrills Mansion is owned by Waldorf-based Lafa Inc. The privately held company was started in 1995 in Fort Washington, specializing in investment property and real estate construction, according to its Web site. The "Gambrills dream home" is by far the glitziest property shown. It is listed for sale for $4.6 million.

On Internet sites promoting events there, the house is described as having a pool, a massage parlor, four lavish VIP rooms named for Caribbean islands, two party floors, a huge water fountain, two patios, 9 1/2 bathrooms and a movie theater.

"It is currently my client's home and because of its size and its beauty, people come to him and ask to use it for charitable parties," Worthy said.

Not just anybody can host a party at the house, he said. "It is a private home; you would need to have a relationship with the owner," he said. He said political and charitable fund-raisers have been held there, but declined to name the sponsors.

Neighbors said they have been complaining to county officials and police for nearly a year about big, loud parties they say draw guests who choke the otherwise quiet cul-de-sac with cars, motorcycles and booming music through the night, then leave a mess in their wake.

They said they want what they consider an illegal nightclub to be shut down.

`Seeking abatement'

The county's Pam Jordan said: "We are seeking abatement of the violations and compliance with the code."

Linda M. Schuett, the county attorney, said her office is looking at "all options."

Neighbors say the sooner the better.

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