Crime raises concerns in southeast valley


Business owners and residents near Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue say they are worried about recent crime in the area.

In less than two weeks, there have been several bloody scenes near Boulder and Tropicana.

“It’s just people that are in the society doing the wrong things at the wrong places and at the wrong time,” said nearby resident Shawndre Thibidaux.

“It’s breaking my heart that this keeps happening,” said nearby resident Valerie Coburn.

Business owners say a shopping center hasn’t been the same since two men were gunned down in broad daylight one week ago.

“I do not see much business over here,” said Port of Subs manager Gurnam Dhaliwal. “We are losing money everyday.”

In this Port of Subs, there is a flyer to raise money for funeral expenses for a murder victim, but not many customers.

“The customers, they are not coming,” Dhaliwal said.

A manager at a nearby smoke shop says regulars aren’t showing up. He says some have asked if he can deliver cigarettes, because they say they don’t want to come to the area.

A Friday afternoon at a nail salon is usually a busy time, but the owner of one salon in this area says that isn’t the case.

Ray Simmons lives in temporary housing across the street at the Sportsman’s Royal Manor where a double shooting left one woman dead on September 7th.

“It’s pretty bad. It’s pretty bad,” he said.

He says his children are only allowed to go to and from school.

“My kids are always saying, ‘We can’t go out. We can’t do this. We can’t do that. We can’t be kids.’ Well, I want to be safe. No, you can’t,” he said.

The area has long had a reputation for crime, but the danger seems to have increased in recent weeks.

Police are still searching for the suspect connected to the double homicide, as well as suspects linked to the deadly double shooting.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Residents, meanwhile, say they would like an increased police presence in the area.

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