Group camped in woods had knives, BB guns, police said.
The scene looked ominous when the Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer happened upon the group in the woods Thursday morning, police said. Five people were camped out, and one was marching and holding what appeared to be a military rifle.
By the time it was done, two adults and three teenagers, including two who had been reported missing from the District, had been arrested, police said. Police discovered that the gun, and another similar gun, were actually BB guns. At least two of the suspects had knives. Officers also found heroin, combat training manuals and wilderness survival handbooks.
Park Police spokeswoman Sgt. Lauryn McNeill said it doesn't appear the group had any plans to cause harm.
"There is no indication they were planning a terrorist attack or they were out to hurt anyone," McNeill said. "The sense we get is they were trying to live in the woods, for whatever reason."
It started about 9:45 a.m. when police got a call that a motorcycle had been abandoned on Sligo Creek Stream Valley Trail next to Interstate 495 and near Holy Cross Hospital. When the officer arrived, the bike was still warm. And as he looked in the woods nearby, he spotted the group - and the person carrying the gun.
The officer called for backup, police said. When help arrived, they approached the camp. Police said the campers fled, two of them holding long guns. One resisted arrest, police said, and an officer used pepper spray.
Police did not immediately name the suspects or detail the charges. They said the juveniles included two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl who were there of their own free will. Two of the teens had been reported missing from the District April 23.
-- Maria Glod
May 6, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
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