Complaints of violent crime on the rise

Written by on November 21, 2012 in Crime, Featured, Neighborhood News - No comments

Fell’s Point residents concerned about crime in their neighborhood are invited to attend a special community meeting on Monday, Nov. 26, at Max’s Taphouse, 737 S. Broadway.

“We are all concerned about this recent increase in crime in our neighborhood,” said Joanne Masopust, president of the Fell’s Point Community Organization. “I encourage all [residents] to attend the meeting…Don’t depend on your neighbors to tell you what happens at this meeting. I think it’s important for all of us to make our concerns known and to hear updates directly from the police.”

In the Guide’s police blotter this week, which covers Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, there were five robberies (thefts involving assault) in Fell’s Point, including two business, Scooters Seafood and the Van Gough Cafe, which were robbed at gunpoint prior to 6 p.m.

Earlier in the fall, an armed white male suspect with neck tattoos and a ponytail was robbing males walking alone late at night in Fell’s Point.

A sexual assault occurred along the promenade earlier this month.

Southeast District Major William Davis will attend the meeting, as will Captain Melissa Hyatt.

The meeting was called by 1st District Councilman Jim Kraft.

“There have just been a lot of calls and emails from constituents recently,” said Kristyn Oldendorf, Kraft’s chief of staff. “There have been questions about police response, and how the police are responding to calls. We though it would be best to get everyone together.”

Masopust said that Officer Larry Fasano asked her to tell residents to not use their cell phones or other electronic devices while walking, a practice that makes one “a walking invitation to become a crime victim.”

by Erik Zygmont

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