Crime sweep effort to take back neighborhood
OKLAHOMA CITY — An apartment complex has been crippled by crime and drug activity.
Oklahoma City Police and the FBI did a clean sweep trying to get violent offenders and known gang members off the block at the Sooner Haven Apartments Thursday.
Three people were murdered there just in the past eight months.
Our cameras were rolling on June 7 after two men were shot and killed.
A woman who didn’t want to be identified said one of the men gunned down was a relative.
“People should be concerned about the kids because bullets don’t have eyes. They need to have a security guard at the front gate and make people show identification to get in and get out,” she said.
“Going back to the first of the year, we’ve had about 345 calls for service at this complex alone,” OKC Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. “That’s at least one 911 call for help every day.
But police say no more…eight walked away in handcuffs.
Anthony Morris was caught with a stash of marijuana police said he was ready to sell.
Tonya Panoske, Felix Thomas, and James Moore all had felony warrants.
Kim Brunner, Trevon Tipton, Kevin Threatt had outstanding warrants for various crimes.
“We know there are a lot of weapons that are floating around on the street. They end up in the complex and gang members seem to get them in their hands easily,” Nelson said.
Some believe the crime is higher in areas where there’s public housing.
We took this concern to the Housing Authority who told us crime statistics are similar to those of other multi-family neighborhoods.
Nelson said, “The federal guidelines say if you are involved in criminal activity that’s violent or involves a weapon or narcotics, you can be taken out of Housing Authority system.”
Officials said one of the problems with managing crime at the complex is that most of the offenders don’t actually live there but occupy other people’s apartments.
Police said residents who allow criminals to stay there will lose their right to live in public housing.