Fayetteville apartment complex faces ultimatum on crime

April 22, 2013 8:12:10 PM PDT
Fayetteville police say crime is rampant at one of the city's largest apartment complexes, and the apartment owners haven't done enough to make it safe for residents.

Cambridge Arms is one of Fayetteville largest apartment complexes, and police say it is also full of crime.

"It's been a wide variety of issues dealing with a lot of loitering, narcotics, activity, alcohol related calls, shots fired, homicides," said Fayetteville Police Capt. Robert Spatorico.

Police say over the past several year officers have responded to hundreds of calls from Cambridge Arms residents. Many of the crimes officers say are violent.

Police call the 700 unit complex a criminal nuisance. A judge has now ordered the owners to clean up their crime problem, or forfeit the property.

Over the past few years, police have used nuisance abatement lawsuits to close down crime riddled businesses, including several night clubs, a motel, and other businesses.

Police say at one time the complex used off-duty officers, and private security to patrol property, but say that security wasn't enough. Now, the apartment owners have to answer to a judge.

No one in the leasing office would comment on the police lawsuit.

The court order expires April 29. At that point, owners can show the judge their plans for security other improvements, and argue against any other court orders that may have been filed.

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