EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRash Of Crime In Marmet Has Community Angered
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 23, 2013 6:47 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 24, 2013 7:36 PM EDT
Marmet , Kanawha County , West Virginia
People living in Marmet said there has been a rash of crime in their community over the past month, from break-ins to fires to a violent robbery.
The community said it's going to take an intervention to get this crime to stop.
David Hudson has lived in Marmet for more than 20 years and said he has never seen such a rash of crime.
"It makes you live in fear," he said. "Nobody wants to live like that."
Neighbors said cars have been broken into and some have even been stolen. A restaurant had its cash register stolen, and gas has been reported siphoned out of vehicles. On Friday morning, things turned violent when 911 dispatchers said a man was attacked and robbed while he was sleeping outside. The suspect got away with his wallet, and the victim was taken to the hospital.
It's enough to have people living in Marmet such as Hudson fed up.
"Things like this just need to stop," he said. "Bottom line, it just needs to stop."
Residents such as Barbara Miller have put together a community watch program to try to find a solution to this spike in crime. But Miller said they are never going to get anywhere until one thing happens first.
"I believe that until we actually address the drug problem in Eastern Kanawha County, we will always have this problem," she said.
Miller said it's going to take an intervention on a state and national level to fix the drug problem in the county and West Virginia as a whole. Establishing a drug treatment program in the eastern part of the county is one of the things they are hoping to do with leadership from lawmakers.
"If you don't address the core, you could put the National Guard out here and they're still going to try to get money for their drugs," she said.
Until then, these neighbors are working with the Marmet Police Department and keeping an eye on each other.
The Marmet Police Department is investigating an early morning robbery.
It happened just before 5 a.m. on Maccorkle Avenue near the Go-Mart.
911 dispatchers said a man was sleeping outside when someone beat him up and took his wallet. The victim was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown.
No word on a suspect.
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