Violent crime sparks more patrols on Lafayette block

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – When Kirsten Maloney logged into her social media accounts on Saturday she was shocked to see the news of a violent crime on her street.

“Yeah, it was a little concerning,” Maloney said.

Lafayette police said two people were hit with a gun during a home robbery Saturday morning on the 1300 block of South Street. One neighbor told News 18 over the phone the crime left the residents physically and mentally scarred.

Neighbors worried about their safety requested more neighborhood police patrols.

“In this situation, obviously it was a bit more violent,” Lafayette Police Sgt. Bob Baumgartner said. “We’ve made sure to let the officers that work that area know that any chance they have take a drive around, take a little closer look in the area there.”

Neighbors said they have seen more police in the area, but it’s not because of the extra patrols.

“We’ve had instances around here in the not too distant past of domestic violence and stuff like that,” Maloney said. “There is almost always something going on with somebody doing something they shouldn’t.”

Maloney said the neighborhood could benefit from the patrols.

“If they’re patrolling we definitely need it,” Maloney said. “It just seems like the crime is just booming leaps and bounds around here.”

Baumgartner said the patrols can give neighbors peace of mind, but they can also help with the investigation.

“We may see something that is brought to our attention, maybe the suspect is back in the area checking to see if there is another opportunity,” Baumgartner said.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police said the residents described the two male intruders as 5-feet-8-inches tall with stocky builds. They were wearing bandannas and hooded sweatshirts.

If you have any information, you can call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or the anonymous WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

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