One protester told CNN that the crowd came out of the White House on Monday evening and was injured in a residential neighborhood where police booked them.
The protester, who only wanted to be identified as Mecca, told CNN that the protest was peaceful and that people were trying to figure out what to do.
“My guess is that someone gave an order, and they just started pressuring us, spraying the hammer, trampling people and then when everyone started panicking,” said the 22-year-old college veteran.
He looked around and saw his friend stepping forward towards a nearby house and a man watching the protesters forcibly inside.
“I just ran step by step and started getting inside as soon as possible,” Mecca said. “At the moment, I didn’t know if it was the right decision, but I guess it was.”
He said he looked out the window and saw more police officers than he could count and many people were arrested outside.
On Tuesday, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said no protesters had been arrested inside the home and that officers were “in constant contact with the homeowner until the evening.”
According to Newsham, 300 people, including 194 people, were arrested in the vicinity of Rahul Dubey’s house on Monday night.
He said he had been shouting “Get in, get in the room” for about 10 minutes.
Dubey told the WJLA that about 0 protesters fell inside and for about an hour and a half they were “pandomonium and miam” when they tried to settle there and try to help the people who were scattering pepper.
CNN could not be reached for comment.
Mecca told CNN he could not get any sleep on Monday night and police tried several times to get out of the protesters.
He said that at one point Dubey was able to deliver pizza and some members of the community also brought food.
Beka Thimmech, who lives about two blocks from Dubey, said he and three other police officers went on an overnight strike to monitor police activity and interrogate protesters.
He said that after lifting the curfew, they also organized rides to bring the youth back home.
“Then about five hours, an hour after the curfew was lifted, community members from left and right began offering food, water and hand sanitizers and offering to bring their cars and people,” Thimmesh said.
He said the protesters had more volunteers than they needed when they came out, so many of them stayed and helped clean up.
Thimmsek said he saw several other residents on the street as protesters entered their homes.
“There’s a global epidemic right now, and we’ve been told,‘ Don’t share space with people in your home, ’” he said. “And you know, random people made what I consider a huge sacrifice to try and guarantee the safety of young people who didn’t know it.”
Dubey told WJLA that he considered the young defendant’s family and was relieved to receive texts and messages that they were all safe at home.
“I hope they will be just as surprised as my 13-year-old son grows up,” he said.
“I am hopeful that they will continue to fight and I hope that they have gone there today as peacefully as they did yesterday, and not flashed because our country needs them, and needs you more now than ever before.”
CNN’s Lauren Koenig contributed to the story.