Wow. One guy says “go away and leave me alone”, waves a sharp around, and shows no sign of leaving his flat, and they cordon off the entire street (a cul-de-sac, which makes life simpler) and bring in the heavy mob.
If I need a distraction from my next bank robbery I know what to do.
Or, the reason I’m posting it here, next time I have some NPC cultists who want to avoid attention from the investigators. Every cult has someone whose mind is a bit on the floppy side, who can be sacrificed - small-s - for an attention-grabbing stunt like this.