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Charleston Police Conduct Raid At Transit Mall

Reported: Apr. 2, 2014 4:33 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014 11:06 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Charleston Police are cracking down on the crime and cleaning up the streets.

Wednesday's raid at the Charleston Transit Mall is something police aren't exactly calling a raid, but the new norm instead.

"We're trying to establish that the message is clear, we're not going to tolerate this kind of behavior," Lt. Shawn Williams, with Charleston Police, said.

Instead of catching the bus at Charleston Transit Mall, some people took a walk to city court. Charleston Police arrested nine people after raiding the bus stop - an area that has been a trouble spot for years, but still serves many people in Charleston.

"You're scared for people to approach you," Stephanie Thaxton said. "You don't know if you're going to get hurt you know or if they're going to try to sell you drugs."

The charges for Wednesday's raid ranges from simple possession to outstanding warrants to public intoxication.

Police said at least three people were sipping on some beer when they got gone scene.

Police said this is the kind of behavior that has been upsetting many law abiding citizens in this area and police are not going to tolerate it any more.

"This is a great area. This is a nice park," Williams said. "People have the right to walk through here without being harassed or molested. Unfortunately some of the people that work in the businesses they tell us that they walk around the transit mall."

Wednesday's raid was the third at the Transit Mall in just the past two weeks, resulting in more than 20 total arrests.

"We're not going to stop until the message is across, you're not going to do it, you're not going to do it here," Williams said.

It’s a mission the public appreciates.

"We've been walking back and forth in here for six months," Thaxton said. "I hope that they can get something done to protect the citizens. I honestly do."

Police said they will continue to monitor not only the Transit Mall, but all parts of Charleston.

It's an action taken by the police that they hope will make the city a safer place.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown, Jeff Morris) -- Nine people were arrested in 15 minutes during a raid at the Transit Mall in Charleston.

Charleston police made the arrests about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The specific charges were not available.

It marks the third raid at the Transit Mall in two weeks.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown, Jeff Morris) – Charleston police made a raid on Wednesday at the Transit Mall across from the Town Center.

It was unclear how many people had been taken into custody.

Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.



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