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Americus neighborhood destination of many police calls

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Americus Police are increasing patrols in one area of town that has had more than 20 incidents already this year.

There have been violent crimes and drug crimes that have caused an area on Davenport Street to become an area of concern for the Americus Police Department.

"We constantly see that it comes over and over in our reports and officers are constantly responding there," said Major Herman Lamar.

They're currently investigating an armed robbery that happened just up the street over the weekend. Demarcus Jackson says 5 men robbed him while he was waiting outside for a friend. Just last month, 16-year old Keithon Higgs was arrested and charged with robbing an apartment at gunpoint.

Several police cars patrolled the area Monday, and Major Lamar said that trend will continue.

"It is one of the main areas that we will be focusing on," said Major Lamar.

Lamar says the area's easy access to US 19 and high foot traffic contribute to the issue.

"It's easily in, easily out. You're right off MLK Boulevard and you conduct your activity if it's illegal and you're right out," said Major Lamar.

"Cruelty to children, third degree."

It's crimes like these that need to stop, and they're asking residents and neighbors for help.

"Don't hesitate to call our tip line, the anonymous tip line, 924-4102, to give us any information and leads that will help us solve any of these crimes or help make your neighborhood safer," said Major Lamar.

Several residents admitted that recent crimes worry them, but they did not want to go on camera.

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