Crime statistics released on Glendale apartments shut down by city

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Glendale Police Department released crime statistics on the Glendale West Apartments complex where residents were left homeless last week after the city shut it down for being unsafe.

Police said it has five times the number of calls as comparable apartments in the area.

Nancy Fuller packed up and left her Glendale West apartment Sunday night.

"I really liked it here," she said.

But orange signs posted on the building said very clearly the building is unsafe to occupy, and residents need to leave.

[Read: Dozens of tenants given 12 hours to find new place to live (2/12/15)]

"I didn't see anything going on in my apartment,” Fuller said. "They didn't inspect my apartment."
Residents admit there's a lot of crime here, and some believe removing them is the city's attempt to help remove that crime.

Glendale police said there were 240 calls to Glendale West Apartments in 2014.

Many of the calls revolved around drug use and sale, gun sales, fights, robberies and felony warrants.

"They made their problem our problem," Joshua Underwood said.

The city said this all started after an ATF raid on the property.

That's when they said they noticed code violations and had the inspection that shut it down.
"I really think it could have been handled a lot different,” Underwood said.

The city gave hotel vouchers to residents this weekend.

"Hotel. It's not home. It's just not home," Underwood said.

But Underwood said he has no other place to stay, so he's taking the help.

"Where do you go when you're not expecting it?” he asked.  

The apartment building owner, an Army officer stationed in Cuba told 3TV he is fighting the shutdown. On Tuesday, he is sending structural engineers to meet with the city.