Residents React to Weekend Violence

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

June 18, 2007

In just two days Albemarle County Police were on scene at the Wilton Farms Apartments for an armed robbery inside an apartment and shooting in the parking lot. Now residents are on edge after hearing about the violence in their own back yard.

“Lately I thought everything was going well,” said resident Mary Howard, and until this weekend she thought the violence at Wilton Farm Apartments had stopped.

“A few years ago they had a mess over here, because they burned my daughter-in-laws car up,” explained Howard.

When she heard Albemarle Police were at her apartment complex for two separate incidents she couldn't help but wonder.

“What's going on? Who's over here? Why are they coming over here? We had a pretty good place so far,” said Howard.

A place that was good for Howard turned bad when two men barged into a woman's home early Saturday afternoon, tied her up with a telephone cord and forced her and her son into their bathroom before making out with cash.

On Sunday afternoon police were back at the apartment complex for a shooting.
No one was injured, but one person was arrested.

Albemarle Police said management at the complex isn't just sitting back, but working with police to help stop the violence.

“I think management is doing their best out there to fix what's going on, we're definitely involved,” said Lt. John Teixeira, Albemarle County Police Department.

Some residents said they may have to move to escape the fear.

“It's kind of scary you know, because you don't know who's next,” Howard said.

While others tell us they'll just look over their shoulder.

“I just hope and pray that this is an isolated incident and that thing will blow over and that it will continue to be a safe environment to live and raise our children,” said Zelda Anderson, a resident at Wilton Farm.

Wilton Farm has private security that patrols the complex. Albemarle Police said they can't promise any stepped up security, because they are so short staffed right now.

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