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13 Arrested In Transit Mall Sting

Reported: Mar. 22, 2014 10:31 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 23, 2014 6:54 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Several people waiting for buses at Charleston's Transit Mall Saturday night took a ride in the back of a police car instead.

Charleston Police arrested 13 people Saturday night.

"We've gotten a lot of citizen complaints here recently about the transit mall area, around the mall, nuisance activity," Sgt. Nick Null, with Charleston Police, said.

Nuisance activity is familiar for those who frequent the Transit Mall.

"I wait for the bus over there, and sometimes it can get pretty wild," Michael Layne of Charleston said. "Sometimes, I'm glad to get on the bus and away from it."

Among the 13 arrests was a variety of charges: Everything from drugs, open containers, disorderly conduct, trespassing and even outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Several of those arrested were already banned from the Transit Mall.

Many people in Charleston are glad local police are hard at work.

"Anytime you're dealing with the law, it always makes people feel a lot safer," Ronald Robinson of Charleston said.

But not everyone thinks of the Transit Mall as a wild and unsafe area.

"Not at all. It's just different walks of life," Jerome Pryor of Charleston said. "I think they're just targeting the easy areas. I think they're just trying to make their job easy."

And this isn't the first time Charleston police conducted a sting at the Transit Mall.

Back in September, five people were arrested there.

And much like the reasoning for the sting then, this work is for the safety of the people of Charleston driven by citizen concerns.

"I hope that we can always be impact in a positive way, with the police getting involved to make us feel safer," Robinson said.

Crime rates typically go up as the weather gets warmer.

So as the area works its way through spring and head towards summer, police plan to increase their presence here the Transit Mall.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) -- More than a dozen suspects were in police custody Saturday night, after a sting operation at Charleston's Transit Mall.

A total of 13 people were arrested by Charleston police. Officers said the sting operation was a result of several citizen complaints.

Charges for those arrested range from drugs to open container violations, trespassing and outstanding felony warrants.

The suspects arrested Saturday night were headed to Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The arrests are the latest effort by Charleston police to clean up the Transit Mall area.

Back in September, another Charleston police sting resulted in five arrests.



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