City Desk

Is the Weedman a Catholic University Student? (And Is He Just One Man?)

If Sunday night's home-invasion robbery in Brookland had not come to such a horrific end, it's a good bet D.C. would be spending this week pondering the identity of the city's newest pseudonymous drug-culture celebrity: The Weedman.

The three-man crew who allegedly stormed the group-house home of six Catholic University students at about 10:30 that night apparently thought they knew. Though two of the three were killed during the ensuing shootout, surviving crew member Steffan Fields told cops he and his companions had gone in search of drugs, according to court papers.

Armed and masked, two of the crew entered through the front door and one from the back, according to the filings, which also say there were ten people inside the house during the incident. Some of those people were kicked as the team marauded.

Things went wrong for the crew when cops got word of the robbery in progress. Metropolitan Police Department officers showed up in force, quickly surrounding the two-story brick in the 1000 block of Irving Street NE.

After about 30 minutes, Fields, Akeem Jamaal Cayo and Davon Sealy allegedly tried to shoot their way out. Sealy and Cayo went down in what was likely a hail of bullets. Fields was collared and arrested for first degree burglary while armed. He has a March 3 court hearing.

In court papers, Fields said "he had been at the residence before. Once for a party and a second time to purchase weed." Fields told police they'd been looking for the stash of someone he referred to as the "Weedman," according to the court papers.

A police official speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation says police believe the Weedman is actually a group of pot-dealers-cum-CUA-students. The official says cops found evidence and plan to bring charges against the students.

Asked about the identity and future of the Weedman, MPD spokeswoman Gwen Crump said she wouldn't comment on an ongoing investigation. A CUA spokeswoman also declined comment.

One CUA student who lives in the house at which the robbery took place seems to at least have a passing familiarity with weed. One of his Facebook friends, also a CUA student, posted what appears to be a picture of two intersecting spliffs, put together to form the shape of a cross. "A thing of beauty," wrote the housemate below the pic.

Photo of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located adjacent to the Catholic University of America, by Gore Fiendus (Jerry Frausto) using an Attribution 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license 

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  • AL

    I live less than two blocks away, and it's the helicopter that bothers me the most about this. There is simply no way that a HELICOPTER is deployed every time a home is invaded in NE/SW/SE. NW? Now I wouldn't put it past it. I never even knew that the MPD had a helicopter until last Sunday.

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  • Local

    ha, the weedman.. let's be real here, he's not growing it in his backyard or smuggling it over our borders, it's just a white kid trying to flip an ounce or two.

  • fakename

    What’s crazy about that article is that it completely ignores the fact that these guys stormed into the house with weapons, threatened all of the inhabitants, threatened the police with said weapons, and were then shot to death.

    The real question is who is the weedman?


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  • DCCommish

    Great job MPD. These guys were armed! Weed or no weed it's the issue. They went with the intention of robbing those people and they got what they deserved! As for Mr. Fields I would suggest a good lawyer and come clean what was really going down, as the judge will be a lot easier on you!

  • John q

    It's a shame that two people died and the focus is on the alleged nicname that a criminal gave in his confession. Just Sad.

  • what

    I think it makes a lot of sense to focus on the pot. If the CUA kids weren't dealing into the neighborhood, those guys probably wouldn't have wanted to rob the house in the first place.

  • Chris

    How can it make any sense to focus on the pot? There has been at least 8 home invasions on CUA students in the past couple months and if you think that they are all pot or "weedman" related then you must be out of your mind. It's not the kids that are bringing it on to themselves. All kids that tried to robbed the house got what they deserved and that is the only factor that needs attention in this situation.

  • KeepItReal

    Get it RIGHT--- the drug dealers were getting robbed;and the police killed robbers to save drug dealers. HUH... We can call them college students all you want, they ARE still the drug spot! Why would people chose this house of college students to rob if they were so innocent. This was the third attempt of robbery in of the SAME house in the last 2 years, hey police- I wonder why! Is society too good to admit that actual college students could be drug dealers or even the police were protecting them?? Words for thought...

  • whatadisgrace

    This article is a joke....
    How dare you pin this on the victims?
    Love that anonymous police tip....All crap and misinformation. I dont believe a word of amy of it.

  • ann

    wow - keepitreal you are quite a genius. everyone knows only guilty people get robbed! dumb as a box of rocks.