LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Some Lafayette residents are concerned after they had to call police about several fights at a neighborhood park. We asked police whether they believe this activity is gang-related.
James Castor lives and owns several properties near Columbian Park in Lafayette.
"I try to run a nice, clean operation so that it's peaceful and quiet," Castor said.
But Castor says lately, it's been anything but quiet in the neighborhood. He and several other residents say they're concerned after they've had to call police about several physical fights that have broken out near Columbian Park.
"It's gotten way out of hand," resident Barbara Reed said. "It's more than just a few youth(s) with nothing better to do. I don't care what label you want to put on it, it has got to come to a stop."
Some residents say they're concerned this could be possible gang-related activity. But we asked Lafayette Police Department (LPD) Chief Patrick Flannelly whether they believe this is the case.
While LPD is not ruling it out as not being gang-related, he says at this time the department has no solid evidence that it is.
However, he says while they've stepped up patrols in the area, they can't make arrests until they have more answers. He says they've never had a victim or a specific offender in any case that they've responded to.
"It does limit the type of enforcement action that we can take immediately. It doesn't mean that we can't continue to act on any information that comes in subsequent to that because we'll always do that," Flannelly said. "That's what investigations are for."
But residents say they're ready to have their quiet neighborhood back, and want to see some changes.
"I want a nice, clean, quiet environment," Castor said. "If this place gets a bad reputation, then that will affect my business."
Flannelly says they deal with each call on a separate basis. He says they'll continue to investigate, step up patrols and make arrests when necessary.
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