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Police Break Up Germantown Party at House Rented on Airbnb



Last Friday night, the usually quiet cul-de-sac that is Scovell Terrace was rockin’. One of the houses was having a house party, but there was something odd about this party.

According to neighbors, the street was hopping with cars parked and party goers being dropped off and picked up by Uber and Lyft. The house at 11909 Scovell Terrace was packed with party goers. The house, like many on the short dead-end situated just off Waring Station Road, is a lovely single-family home with pretty green shutters and an inviting double-wide entry door.

Neighbors have known that the house was for sale and vacant, so the idea that a party was happening in the house surprised them. Round about midnight as the party and the traffic continued somebody called the police to have them investigate.

According to MCPD spokesman Officer Rick Goodale, 5th District officers were called to the residence shortly after midnight on Saturday, Aug. 25. When officers arrived, they contacted the owner of the house, Shamara Patterson, who was not at the party. The owner told police that she believed that a family had rented the house. She gave officers permission to enter the house and break up the party. The officers had to wade through the mass of humanity to locate the person throwing the party, who told them that he rented the house through Airbnb.


Police said that partygoers were mostly well behaved and no arrests were made, as they departed the area in an orderly fashion. However, Goodale said that Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service was called to the scene to transport an unidentified 19-year-old female who was overly intoxicated. Goodale said police are continuing to investigate the incident, but no criminal charges have been filed.

The house is indeed listed on Airbnb, as a “Beautiful home in Germantown (no furniture).” The four-bedroom home, with 2.5 baths can be rented for $275 per night, and according to the Airbnb listing up to 10 guests can stay in the house. The contact on the listing, Shamara Patterson, writes, “My home is completely empty with no furniture because we have moved out.” The house also comes with a $150 cleaning fee.

The listing also says under the House Rules section that no parties or events are allowed. The listing reads, “NO SMOKING IN GARAGE NO SMOKING IN HOME - This includes no weed/cigars/cigarettes/drugs etc. - No loitering or littering in front of the home or street. Home sits on a cul-de-sac. Neigh