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LRPD Called 1000+ Times to Apartments Over Five Years

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As cars come and go from West Wood Apartments, some residents say they keep to themselves.

"I go to work, come home, deal with my family," says resident Martishia Howell.

Howell and Freddie Baker say they avoid trouble.

"I don't want any touchy people touching us. I stay out of the way," says Baker.

Little Rock Police say since 2015, officers have been called to the complex more than 1,300 times for various calls, some unfounded.

2013 - 249
2014 - 248
2015 - 271
2016 - 231
2017 - 246
2018 - 121+

"I hear us go out there a lot," says Little Rock Police Officer Steve Moore.

Officer Moore says in the last five years, six people have been shot, in at least two of those shootings someone died.

"From shots fired to assaults to domestic disturbances, some sexual assaults, shootings," says Officer Moore.

Baker says most crime is not random but he worries about others caught in the crossfire.

"The only thing I'm worried about is a stray hitting my kid," says Baker.

Baker says his children, ages 11, seven and five saw Tuesday's shooting victim in a pool of blood.

"They are already immune to it. It's life," says Baker.

West Wood officials released a statement Wednesday evening saying:

On July 10, 2018, an incident occurred at West Wood Apartments (West Wood) in Little Rock,  Arkansas, that the management of West Wood understands resulted in the arrest of two individuals, who were allegedly attempting to steal a vehicle. West Wood contracts with a company that monitors the property and this company's employee responded immediately which resulted in the apprehension of those allegedly involved in the theft.

The owners, managers and residents of West Wood share a common goal of promoting and maintaining a clean, safe, and wholesome environment in which to live. Achieving this goal requires the commitment and cooperation of everyone.

The management of West Wood is cooperating with the police as it investigates this
alleged crime.

"I'm concerned about the children because there's a lot of children out here," says Baker.

In full disclosure, the apartment's security company called Little Rock Police on our news crew wanting our crew removed from the sidewalk in front of the apartment complex. Officers told the security team it was public property.


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