MPD confirms identities of arrested Georgetown students

Arrest records from the Metropolitan Police Department confirm that John Romano and Charles Smith were the two Georgetown freshmen arrested this morning in Harbin Hall for possession of drug paraphernalia manufacturing a controlled substance. The third suspect is John Perrone.

TBD reported that the third suspect was a friend of one of the two roommates who was visiting from out of town. According to his Facebook page, Perrone is a freshman at the University of Richmond. Perrone is friends with Smith on Facebook.

Reporting: John Flanagan and Rachel Calvert

Photo: John Flanagan

31 Comments on “MPD confirms identities of arrested Georgetown students

  1. …that their friendship is attested by FB.
    We need more solid facts like this.

  2. Yeah let’s name names. Screw over some kids lives for doing something stupid. YEEAHH!!!

    The maturity level here at georgetown is shocking. we create all these media &$^*storms, and then worry about our “reputation.” Let’s learn some compassion and humility.

  3. Of course we name names. These are adults. They are not minors. You don’t hide an arrested person’s name in situations like this. This is not a sexual assault case.

    I’m sure that you may know these people, but at the same time, understand that they committed a crime (allegedly, but the facts are pretty clearly against them). Compassion and humility? How about for the people who were forced to wake up at 6AM because these idiots were doing this?

    Get over yourself.

  4. 1,
    Arrests are a matter of public record, published and available for anyone to access. The names surfacing has nothing to do with georgetown’s administration.

  5. Poor choices. From the little bit I know these guys it wasn’t some crazy drug ring guns and hustling deal. a few nice, kind of nerdy kids into a stupid “intellectual hippy” thing. and the media really needs to stop saying “meth lab”. I dont even condone alcohol or even junk food for that matter… but this is blown of proportion.

  6. Okay, lets keep things in perspective here guys: it doesn’t matter if they were just “a few nice, kind of nerdy kids into a stupid ‘intellectual hippy’ thing.” They were making drugs in their dorm room by COOKING highly toxic chemicals. Those “kids” are not smart, they were idiots, and had something gone wrong they could have set the building on fire (and thanks to Georgetown’s crack safety standards, none of the fire alarms would have gone off).

    I would prefer that the media (and the rest of the Georgetown community) not only know their names but also understand that we as students want to know who they are because we want people to understand that they do not stand in for the rest of us.

  7. I agree. Someone could have been hurt, seriously. Not to mention the damage they were doing to themselves and the damage they’ve done to our university.

  8. Some of the guys in this generation are getting way too wild — you make Aerosmith look like good Catholic kids from Boston. Back in the 90s, we drank and partied, but it never got like this. Take it easy guys. You have your whole life ahead of you.

  9. okay, dude let’s not get carried away here. The 80’s and 90’s were full of coke and other goodies that are no longer nearly as popular at georgetown.

    as for the nerdy hippy children, I do feel bad for John but he was being and idiot and endangering the health of people around him my mixing potentially volatile chemicals.

  10. DMT is nothing like meth. most of the time you can just distill it from grass (yeah that stuff growing on copley lawn). I’m kinda impressed that we have kids like that on campus. Light up a fatty and party on. F the war on drugs.

  11. I apologize. I did not mean to imply that what they did was not wrong, nor was I saying they don’t deserve “punishment.” I just think that the collective consciousness of this school runs on sensationalism, and reacts in poor ways to our news stories.

    On a different note; I don’t know John or Charles. I’m not trying to protect a friend; I’m simply stating that taking a hard look at our collective reaction (and possibly critiquing it, if we dare) is of critical ethical importance. We know that these kids will learn their lesson, but will you?

    btw, I’m sorry you had to wake up for a few minutes at 6 AM. Life will go on.

  12. This is being blown way out of proportion and it was definitely not necessary to seek out and post the names of the two students. I actually met one of the kids at a few parties and saw him at a party the day before the bust. These were nice kids who just wanted to expand their horizons. I Know what they did is stupid and is definitely illegal, but unless you were personally inconvenienced by the incident then you need to fuck off and get on with your life. Only assholes find pleasure in the misfortunes of others. DMT isn’t even that bad for you and is legal to use in the US if you are part of certain religious groups.

  13. @Walter: MPD released the names, not Vox. Check your facts.

  14. It’s definitely not being blown way out of proportion. Why the heck else would the DEA be here if it wasn’t a big deal? Just because you know the kids doesn’t mean that what they did was inexcusable. Good kids don’t deal with drugs. Good kids don’t have a drug lab in their room. Good kids are not putting the lives of 400+ people in danger. And yes, I was inconvenienced, for a full 13 hours at that. Expanding their horizons?! What kinda excuse is that? It doesn’t matter that DMT may be legal for certain religious groups, it is illegal PERIOD at Georgetown. These kids weren’t stupid, they know exactly what they were doing, and I can’t believe people are writing this off as just a silly little mistake. They’ll find out how silly this was when reality hits them in jail.

  15. This is a complete embarrassment to the university. Studying abroad this semester and it has made news with other students in other programs. Just ridiculous that this will now be associated with the university. No excuse for what these kids did. None.

  16. Expanding their horizons!! Please tell me your kidding. What these guys did is despicable and the government clearly agrees with me as they are being held to a maximum imprisonment of 20 years. Now thats what I call wasting your life. Alcohol is one thing and drugs is a completely different one. At 18, yes both are illegal, but everyone knows that both hold different consequences. Who in their right minds would think this is okay?! Im embarrassed by this situation and I am going to be getting a lot of crap from friends and especially family about it. Bottom line: no part of this is okay or justifiable. They were wrong and should of known the consequences of their actions.

  17. MPD confirmed reports that those were the arrested students, if you google their names the only sites that come up are either vox or a site that used vox as a source. Vox went out of their way to check the arrest records and annonuce them on the internet which was completely uncalled for. And they didn’t put any lives in danger, I’ve handled much worse in orgo chem labs. The email from Olson even said that the only students that were endangered by the lab were the students who lived in the room. And it wasn’t really a lab; it was a relatively small and simple set up that isn’t too hard to procure or use properly. In my opinion what they did isn’t much worse than growing a pot plant in their room. Alcohol does more damage to you than DMT does, and also has much longer lasting effects. And if your family and friends are going to give you shit for this, then you have a pretty shitty family. The DEA got involved because they originally though it was a meth lab. All I’m trying to say is that you need to fuck off and leave the judgment to God and the government.

    http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/print_story.php?story_id=122119575216896800

  18. Way to mention God and curse at the same time. Classy. And I’m pretty sure if it was a simple set up, the DEA would have left soon after they showed up, but they didn’t. If it was that simple, the ramifications would reflect that.

  19. right, because the dea has always been perfectly rational in the way its handled itself. I bet you didn’t know that Nixon explicitly created the agency as a means of arresting and discrediting Vietnam War protesters. But go ahead and stand behind your ignorance and ignore facts.

  20. Just for sport, I like to take on the arguments of ignorant people. I’d like to thank Walter White for allowing me to do so here:

    “MPD confirmed reports that those were the arrested students, if you google their names the only sites that come up are either vox or a site that used vox as a source. Vox went out of their way to check the arrest records and annonuce them on the internet which was completely uncalled for.”

    I am quick to attack the Voice when it fails to behave like a real news source (which is often). In this case, you’re saying that Vox went out, gathered facts, confirmed those facts, and reported news. Kudos to them. It was, in fact, “called for.” You know why it was “called for”? Because the ADULTS—18+ year olds—whose names were disclosed committed a serious crime in a dorm building at Georgetown. The Georgetown student media has a right—a responsibility, even—to give as much information about the situation as possible. And don’t act like the Vox post is the reason that these guys might have life problems in the future. They’ll have problems getting jobs, etc. because they’ll have criminal records, and they will have to report those records to potential employers. Vox isn’t responsible for that. The offenders are.

    “And they didn’t put any lives in danger, I’ve handled much worse in orgo chem labs. The email from Olson even said that the only students that were endangered by the lab were the students who lived in the room.”

    It’s not really clear that no lives were in danger. If your source is an email from Todd Olson that was sent to reassure parents after the fact, then I have a Nigerian bank account that I’d like to discuss with you as soon as possible. And what you choose to handle in orgo chem labs has absolutely nothing to do with what unwitting students should be exposed to at 5am in their dorms.

    —–

    In other news “expand their horizons” is officially the dumbest phrase I’ve ever seen on this website, and that is saying something.

    “And it wasn’t really a lab; it was a relatively small and simple set up that isn’t too hard to procure or use properly. In my opinion what they did isn’t much worse than growing a pot plant in their room.”

    How do you know what the setup was? It sounds like you were involved in this whole thing. You used their stuff, didn’t you? Also, growing a pot plant in your room is a pretty serious offense, too, at least to those of us who consider drug crimes serious.

    “Alcohol does more damage to you than DMT does, and also has much longer lasting effects.”

    Prove this, please. I honestly don’t know if you’re right or not. So I’ll let you redeem part of your asinine argument by proving this sentence.

    “And if your family and friends are going to give you shit for this, then you have a pretty shitty family.”

    True. And if your family went to Duke, Syracuse, Maryland, Villanova, or any of our other rivals, then post on Vox again. The rest of us on here can supply you with enough ammo to fire back at them. “People in glass houses,” and all that jazz.

    “The DEA got involved because they originally though it was a meth lab.”

    How in the hell do you know this? Call me crazy, but I think they got involved because a dorm room contained chemicals that are used to manufacture narcotics and that can kill people/explode. Are you saying they wouldn’t have gotten involved if they knew it was DMT and not meth? If that’s what you’re saying, you’re wrong.

    “All I’m trying to say is that you need to fuck off and leave the judgment to God and the government.”

    It seems like the government is indeed judging them. God can do whatever He wants—it’s not for you or I to second guess. As for the rest of us, we can and will judge them the same way that they “judged” their own situation and decided it was OK to cook drugs in Harbin.

    http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/print_story.php?story_id=122119575216896800
    #

  21. Here is a parent’s view on the matter: These guys were in high school four or five months ago. So yes, they are perhaps very naive about the “adult” world they have just entered. So how much of this was deliberate, intentional wrongdoing and disregard for the safety of others, and how much was the behavior of a bunch of knuckleheads who never thought about it in the first place? I don’t know, and I dare say, neither does anyone else who has commented thus far. Truth is, since there was more than one of them, they may spread themselves into both categories. But here comes the adult part: It doesn’t matter. The damage to their reputation, and to the University, is done, either way. It might matter in their sentencing; but not before that. Other things that don’t matter, once you get a ball rolling like this: 1. Who releases the names, in a case when it is virtually inevitable the names will be released and nothing is going to change that. 2. That the U says nobody else was in danger, whether or not that was true. There are a couple of hundred people who may or may not have been in danger, but still had a day of their life taken away; 3. Whether or not it was a “lab”. Both the authorities (DEA, MPD) and the media have their own interest in calling it a “lab”. For the former, it elevates their importance and our perceived “need” for their services, and for the latter, it makes the story more compelling to the readers/listeners/viewers. And once they have you dead to rights, what are you gonna say? No, it wasn’t really a “lab” that we were using to cook the flammable, illegal drugs? Oh. OK then. Nevermind. NOT. There are going to be some lines that, if you get caught crossing, you are gonna have a price to pay. And the U will have no choice but to make an example of these guys. Unfortunately for them, it will be as much to remind their classmates of this lesson as it will be to punish them, so there will be little room for mercy. THAT is the adult world, and it doesn’t care if you bothered to read the rules first. So unless these guys can show that the ingredients and the materials for preparation and the ingestion of the final product could have been done in a common area of the dorm, in the open, in the presence of security, and nothing about it would have been illegal or unsafe, there are going to be rather severe consequences for them, no matter whether they are “nice kids”.

  22. @ GU DAD
    obviously there will be some consequences. what do you think the likely consequences are for these three boys?

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  24. The school successfully blew shit up (aka way out of proportion), john and charlie didn’t blow anything up…(A) it wasn’t a lab, it was a suitcase full of supplies and chemicals anybody could buy at the grocery store that (B) wasn’t be used to manufacture chemicals but extract chemicals from a plant based source. (C) they weren’t putting anybody elses lives in danger (dea determined that). They were naive to think they could get away with it in a dorm and that they could contain the smell. Also, John Romano had no part in the production of DMT, he was just the roommate who allowed the other two to make it. They will get so fucked and its a complete shame. Society’s ignorance and their naivety = an failed attempt at a experimental/novel high that really bites them in the ass.

  25. Trying to anticipate consequences, we are trying to get inside the heads of authorities who have not yet even gotten all the facts upon which they will base a decision. But unless they can show that nothing about their activity was, in fact, illegal, I would imagine, at a minimum, expulsion, a criminal record, and probation.

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