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Tucson neighborhood reaches out to City official
Tucson neighborhood reaches out to City official
Tucson neighborhood reaches out to City official
Posted at 10:26 PM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-13 18:36:01-04

A Tucson neighborhood is in the spotlight after a series of violent crimes is reaching out to city leaders for help to clean up their area.

Richard Tolano has lived across the street from the manor mission park on South 12th his whole life. He says, while it's a great park he doesn't recommend people near the park after dark. 

"It's like enter at your own risk," says Tolano. "A lot of people sleep there, do drugs there and bad things happen."

Within a month the area has seen their own share of violence. 

Tucson neighborhood reaches out to City official

In May, Tucson Police arrested six teenagers for arson. Police say the teens set the park bathrooms on fire and lit several brushfires in the neighborhood. 

Less than two weeks later, investigators were called back for a double homicide in the same park. 

"Before you know it, there are gunshots and stabbing's. For kids sake, don't let them there after 10 o'clock," says Tolano. 

 

Neighborhood President, Yolanda Herrera has a message for City of Tucson leaders, "do a better job retaining our officers and hiring more."

KGUN 9 obtained crime rates for 2017 and this area has seen an increase in crimes. 

The statistics, provided by the Tucson Police Department are from January through March. Burglaries, larceny, auto theft and aggravated assaults have increased since 2016.

Tucson neighborhood reaches out to City official