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Beauregard residents concerned about crime

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 6:26pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) -- Beauregard Town resident, April Johnson, woke up this morning to find East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies outside her home. They were searching for Demond Cook, a prisoner who escaped from Catahoula sheriff's deputies this morning on the way into the East Baton Rouge courthouse.

"The police have been searching. They've been around here all day," says Johnson nervously.

It's a scene similar to the one outside of another Beauregard Town just weeks earlier. In September, a mother was murdered in her home during an early morning burglary. Johnson hasn't felt safe since.

"I can't even walk down the street without fearing that its possible someone's going to stop me or something's going to happen," she says.

She's not the only resident on edge.

"I haven't carried a gun in three years," says resident Gregory Doss. "Now, I carry my gun everywhere I go for protection. You never know what's going to happen to you."

While many residents worry that Beauregard Town is the only area experiencing an increase in crime, some believe its a trend all over Baton Rouge.  "It's not a neighborhood problem now," says Edmore Jordan. "It's a whole city problem and its getting worse and worse."

Many wonder why the problem isn't going away. "A murder on Mayflower Street. It doesn't look good," says Johnson. "An escaped convict that's getting worse for them."

While Johnson says law enforcement has upped their presence in the area, she'd like to see even more. "Instead of riding in cars they need to be walking the streets. They need to be riding their bikes, trying to see what's going on."

It's a suggestion she hopes will clean up her home, so that one day, she and her family can sleep easy.

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