Harris Co. calls apartment complex a “drug infested” crime haven

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by Drew Karedes/ KHOU 11

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Posted on August 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

HOUSTON—Within a two year time frame, Houston police have reportedly responded to more than 300 calls at one southwest Houston complex and now Harris County has had enough.

Harris County attorney Vince Ryan has filed a lawsuit demanding the complex clean up its act and improve security measures for residents. The suit paints a picture of crime spiraling out of control at Point of the Southwest.

It’s all part of a recent effort to crack down on criminal hot spots.

Harris County says the complex at 11500 Keegans Ridge harbors criminal activity.

"We definitely need more security. I work at night, and sometimes I come in at 1 and 2 o’clock in the morning. We don’t really know if we’re safe or not," explained resident Edgar Rodriguez.

The lawsuit calls for more security at the complex. It lists that the property needs additional security guards, improved lighting and surveillance cameras.

It also lists a number of other things that the complex needs to do including fix dilapidated fencing and gates.

Management at Point of the Southwest declined to comment on camera about the suit. Dan Parra, who identified himself as a supervisor, gave KHOU a statement over the phone.

"The ownership takes the lawsuit very seriously. Our intentions are to fully cooperate with the authorities. The excess of calls we have on the property are the result of management encouraging the tenants to report any type of illegal activity to the police," said Dan Parra.

Parra said 98% percent of his residents are Hispanic, and many are easy targets because they are paid cash.

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