Buckhead mansion party ends with arrest

Amid the city’s efforts to crack down on “party houses,” Atlanta police arrested a man believed to be behind large parties held at a Buckhead mansion that has become notorious for loud, disruptive gatherings.

In the past three weeks, Atlanta police have been called to the home, located at 4499 Garmon Road, nearly 100 times regarding noise complaints and thefts, according to police records.

Over the weekend, police cited Olutosin Oduwole for a noise violation and obstruction after he refused to turn down the music at a party on Saturday, Atlanta police said. Efforts to reach Oduwole were unsuccessful Monday, but he said he was told the gathering would be for a small party, according to Channel 2 Action News.

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Last week, Atlanta City Councilman J.P. Matzigkeit, who represents the Buckhead area, proposed tightening rules governing the use of homes, hoping to curb parties that can sometimes have hundreds attending, causing noise and parking headaches for neighbors.

Oduwole told Channel 2 that the small party he had approved instead turned out to be a party for an Atlanta rapper. Oduwole said he plans to take legal action against the woman who hosted the party.

“That was not an event that I co-signed on or agreed to,” Oduwole told Channel 2. “There was someone that deceived me as far as what they were looking to do.” Oduwole was released from the Atlanta City Detention Center on Sunday, a spokeswoman with the jail said Monday. A DJ at the residence was also cited for a noise complaint.

The home is owned by Oduwole’s aunt and uncle, Adeyinka and Paula Adesokan, who purchased the mansion for $8.5 million in 2006 from country singer Kenny Rogers, according to online Fulton County property records.

Oduwole told Channel 2 he manages his family’s U.S. real estate portfolio while they live in their native Nigeria.

The Buckhead mansion has been repeatedly visited by police in recent weeks regarding noise complaints, according to police. It is the impetus for a new law being considered by Atlanta City Council to crack down on party houses.

Legislation presented at last week’s City Council meeting would ban party houses in residential areas and better enforce rules around party houses. It is illegal to use a residence for commercial purposes, so by charging an entrance fee, the house parties are already illegal.

The home on Garmon Road has plagued the community for the past 18 months, but received an uptick in complaints in the last few weeks, including one the weekend of June 30, according to police.

According to police reports, a woman rented the home for a party and violated the city’s noise ordinance. That same weekend, two partygoers told police their belongings were stolen from their cars while they were parked outside the mansion.

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