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Neighbors band together to combat violent crime

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Some area residents aren't taking recent violence in their neighborhood lightly.  They are coming together with the police after several people were robbed at gunpoint.

Just this morning around 10:00 a.m. a teenage girl was home alone when someone kicked in the back door, the alarm went off and she was robbed there on Prospect at Live Oak.

Residents in several townhome communities in the area of MacGregor and 288 are banning together in hopes of stopping this violence.

"When the individual came around the bed of the truck and had the gun pointed at me already and asked for all my things," explains Thiago Cordolino. 

Cordolino was headed to work Wednesday morning before 7:00 a.m.  He was loading his 4-year old daughter into his pick-up truck when someone with a gun came up behind him. 

"With the gun pointed at me he said to stay quiet and give him everything I have".   The thief demanded his wallet, keys and cell phone.

 "He said where's your phone? I started looking around because I usually have my phone," says Cordolino but on this day Cordolino's 4-year-old daughter, it turns out, had his phone.

"He had the gun pointed at me the whole time then he pointed it at her my 4-year-old daughter and said give me the phone.  I was livid.  I was very upset," Cordolino explains. 

"We're not going to stand for that.  We bought here for a reason.  We like the neighborhood. It's a good neighborhood," says resident Mark Kressenberg.  Kressenberg has lived here eight years.

After several of these robberies at gunpoint and a number of people mugged along the Columbia Tap bike trail residents in the Greater Third Ward area are coming together.

"Criminals want the less challenge.  They're looking for a victim that's not paying attention, not aware of their surroundings and someone that's not going to give them a struggle," says Sr. Houston Police Officer Jesse L. Martinez. 

Houston police, precinct 7 constable's office and city officials are also joining the community to help keep it safe. 

"My number one concern is making sure there's a protection and quality of life and safety in those neighborhoods.  We've already met with HPD about increasing patrol," says Houston City Council member Wanda Adams.

"The benefit is we unite as a community as one.  There's strength in numbers," says Officer Martinez.  Martinez says in addition to watching out for one another residents can also fight crime by "Being alert of your surroundings, not approaching your home or your vehicle with your head down." 

"This is a very strong, family oriented community and we're not afraid to shine light on them.  This type of action, this type of behavior is not tolerated here" says Cordolino.

The thief may have taken Cordolino's peace of mind and sense of security but he didn't get any money.  Cordolino didn't have any in his wallet.  This suspect is described as a black male 16 to 18 years old, thin build and 5'2" tall.

Officer Martinez says think of crime as a triangle with three components, a victim, a criminal and an opportunity.  He says take the opportunity away from the criminal and you no longer have a crime.

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