Posted: Nov 12, 2009 3:04 AM by James Jarman
Updated: Nov 12, 2009 3:04 AM
Several neighbors who live near the home that an FBI informant is accused of shooting up, say the home's been the center of police activity in their neighborhood for at least the past year.
The neighbors are afraid to come forward publicly, but share the same story. "I'm... I'm afraid for my family," one neighbor told us. Another wrote in an email that the home's "been targets of drive-by shooting multiple times."
Police records obtained by News First 5 back up some of their claims, showing officers have been called out to the home 20 times in the past 17 months for everything from fireworks and noise complaints to disturbances and a drive by shooting.
The nature of 4 police call outs to the house were not revealed to News First 5. Police wrote in their repsonse to our open records request, "CSPD will not be releasing all of the calls for service until all matters relating to the incident on February 14, and other investigations related to that address are adjudicated."
The Valentines Day shooting is the case in which an FBI informant is accused of trying to murder 4 women and 3 children inside the home. Arrest records claim it was a revenge shooting against a rival gang member.
One of the shooting victims is Theresa Baltazar, 18. She was recently arrested on drug charges in a sting run by the same FBI task force for which the informant worked.
Also arrested in that same sting was Jorge Perez, 22. Officers claim he's the ringleader in a drug trafficking gang called La Familia-Surenos. He's the owner of the home the informant's accused of shooting up.
Neighbors claim those bizarre events are just a taste of what they've been dealing with, and they think police have been to the house many more times than 20.
"There's something else going on there," a neighbor told us, "something else is going on that they're (CSPD) not reporting on, that they're not putting in the record books right now." Neighbors say they just want the trouble to stop.