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Las Vegas' Huntridge community comes together to combat crime

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The Huntridge community in downtown Las Vegas is taking action to stop violent crime in their neighborhoods.

That decision was made after the brutal attack and rape of an elderly woman in the area. Residents held a meeting with Metro Tuesday to launch a neighborhood watch group.

Suspect Herbert Rogers pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting and trying to kill an 80-year-old woman in her home. Community members say he lived in Huntridge Circle Park, which is an area they say the homeless have taken over.

"The lawlessness has been out of control and we're ready to reel that in," resident Steven Franklin said.

Franklin has lived in the community for 18 years and says he’s seen a lot of positive change.

"The fabric of the community has changed tremendously. A lot more people active in the community. This is a neighborhood where neighbors know each other," he added.

It's why around thirty people showed up to a meeting Tuesday, ready to launch a neighborhood watch group.

"Metro said that this was the largest turnout for any block captain meeting they've ever hosted anywhere in the Valley," Franklin said.

He says part of the plan is to have more direct and immediate communication when a crime is witnessed.

"Now there's gonna be more instant communication. If there's something that's going on right here, right now, we can maybe get a few neighbors on the he spot and get photographs, follow people, if need be, at a safe distance," Franklin explained.

He says homelessness in the area isn't the whole problem, but it is a big part of it.

"We're looking for people to obey the laws. This is not lashing out against the homeless. But we want people, especially in the park, to be law abiding citizens,” Franklin said.

He says with the increased effort, he's confident the community will thrive.

"It's an extremely diverse community and it's just getting stronger and stronger," Franklin said.

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