Police investigate rash of crimes at apartment complexes in Galleria area

Residents at several Galleria area apartment complexes were alerted about several incidents, including robberies
February 4, 2014 8:52:37 PM PST
Imagine going to a friend's apartment and being robbed as you knock on their front door. That's what two women say happened to them at an apartment complex in the Galleria area.

It was 9pm Saturday night when two girlfriends were picking up a third friend for a night out.

"These two men, they were dressed well," said the victim.

Police say the two men quietly followed them to their friend's door and before the friend answered the door.

"I turned around and there was a gun pointed at my face already. So, he told me, 'bags.' So I handed over my big purse," she said.

The gunman apparently wanted more and grabbed two wristlets wrapped from her arm.

"He dragged me all the way there until it finally snapped off and I tumbled by the bushes," said the friend inside the apartment. "I just saw the cap -- the black cap."

The friend inside watched helplessly through her peep hole.

"I was screaming and I didn't know what to do because I just want to open the door for them," said the woman in the apartment.

The men ran off and the girls called 911. Residents at West Point and Creekside apartments got a letter about several incidents, including robberies. Our exclusive crime-tracker shows steady violent crime for addresses associated with the complexes.

"That's not OK. Especially when these incidences are happening and they're so close together. There are so many in such a small vicinity," said an apartment manager.

They're now on a mission to get broken gates fixed and dark breeze ways brightened for their own safety.

"I'm just glad that they didn't hurt us," said the victim.

Apartment management tells us they have 1,280 units and courtesy officers on site but not security.

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