Edgehill residents say crimes are becoming more violent - WSMV News 4

Edgehill residents say crimes are becoming more violent

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People living in the Edgehill neighborhood say crime is getting more violent, especially on Villa Place. (WSMV) People living in the Edgehill neighborhood say crime is getting more violent, especially on Villa Place. (WSMV)
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Metro police are investigating whether the teenager they arrested Monday for robbing three people at gunpoint is also responsible for other crimes in the same neighborhood.

Police arrested Sandrez Johnson, 19, for the crime, but they won’t release his mugshot. Officers are showing victims a lineup to see if he’s involved in other crimes in the Edgehill area.

Neighbors see crime turning more violent on Villa Place in the Edgehill neighborhood. One neighbor, who asked Channel 4 not to use his name, said his wife was robbed at gunpoint a couple of weeks ago.

“She was getting groceries out of the trunk and put them in the basket when she was approached by three characters,” the neighbor said. “She had opened the car remotely. So when he asked her for the keys, she didn’t have keys. She told them, ‘I don’t have keys.’”

Metro Police said there are 13 reports of people being robbed while walking on the street so far this year, and eight of them happened on Villa Place. Officers said the criminals are working in groups of two or three people.

“The gunman ran away. The other two guys who were with him just kind of sauntered off. And that was round one. Then, of course, we had the incident yesterday afternoon,” the unidentified neighbor said.

Neighbors said they want something to be done.

“One response is, you live in the city, things happen,” the man said. “But the other hand, I’ve got a good-sized Louisville Slugger and if I get a chance to ever break somebody’s knuckles, I will.”

Metro police say they think teenagers or young men are behind the rash of crimes. They hope to catch the next person clearly on mobile surveillance cameras placed along the street.

“You can only hope that the outcomes were no worse than they were in these two instances,” he said.

Neighbors who live on Villa Place said they met Monday night to talk about the rash of crime. They said the police presence is high, but they hope the robberies will calm down soon.

Anyone with information about the armed robberies in the Edgehill area is asked to call Metro Crimestoppers at 615-742-7463.

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