SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (1/1/2018) - The new year starts with new security at a Saginaw Township apartment complex beset by an outbreak of violence as 2017 came to a close.
Camelot Place Apartments was the scene of two shooting incidents and the capture of a parole absconder. That led police and management to beef up security at the complex.
A 64-year-old man was wounded in a shooting and another bullet was shot into an apartment, which almost hit the woman living there. There have been no arrests in the incidents.
A parole absconder with weapons convictions who had been on the run for a year was found at the complex and arrested after a police chase. The uptick in violence prompted this response from the Saginaw Township Police Department.
"The citizens can rest assured that the Saginaw Township Police Department is not going to sit by and let a handful of individuals turn one of our apartment complexes into a war zone," said Lt. Rick Herren.
Police would not divulge how they planned on tackling the problem, saying only that more police would be in the area of the complex.
The apartments are owned and operated by Monarch Investment and Management Group based out of Colorado. A spokesman for the company released a statement, saying that private security guards are in place now.
"We cannot comment on the details of the ongoing police investigation, but resident and staff safety is our top priority and we take crime very seriously," Monarch's statement says. "We have also hired private security to help patrol the property going forward, and to assist local police and our staff in keeping Camelot Place safe."
Police say since the added security, there has been no gunfire reported at the complex. Other township departments, including fire and building inspections officials, are involved in the security plan to curtail the actions of what investigators believe are a few individuals.
"This township is not going to stand for it," Herren said. "This is not their area, its Saginaw Township's area."