Community fed up with violence in Park Heights

Posted at 11:29 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 06:08:45-04
Residents in the Park Heights neighborhood of Baltimore are fed up with the recent crimes against women. 
Tuesday's meeting was an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns to city leaders and police. City officials asked for the community's help and cooperation to catch the person responsible for the recent wave in crime. 
The meeting followed a day of canvassing. It's the area where all of the attacks happened. Patricia Artis, 71, was robbed and sexually assaulted in her home; 90-year-old Mary Hines as also sexually assaulted and later died from her injuries.  And associate pastor Latrina Ashburne, gunned down outside her home.
"I know we're all frustrated with the level of violence," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake.
"It's really sad for the community," said Alberta Christopher.
Christopher is just one of about 100 frustrated and fearful citizens who attended the meeting.
Over the last several weeks, three women, two elderly, have been the targets of robberies and violent crimes.
"It's targeted at everyone, but it's older people because they're exploiting people who aren't able to defend themselves," resident, Lee Burroughs Jr. told ABC2.
 Police and city leaders agree that the violence has to stop but they can't do it alone.
"I think what it really brings home is that it's everybody's business to keep our community safe," said. Baltimore City Councilwoman,  Rochelle "Rikki" Spector.
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the police have not received any crime stoppers tips for the three cases in Park Heights. 
Now the community stands with law enforcement and city leaders to stop the violence.
"I can't afford to be afraid. If you're too afraid, you can exercise good judgment and you can't find solutions to problems, said Burroughs.
"Somebody knows something they might be in here tonight who knows something and assumes we know about it.  Please don't assume we know about it," Davis said.
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