Officers arrested someone for trespassing at Fairview Village apartments on their first night of constant presence at the complex, which has been increasingly beset by violent crime.
Larry Cornelius Shipp, 25, of Auburn, was arrested about 7:45 p.m. Thursday after a police officer who was stationed at the apartment complex saw Shipp get into a car and leave. A traffic stop of the vehicle at the nearby intersection of North Grant Road and Marcella Heights Drive also resulted in the arrest of Shon Caldeira, 33, of Scranton, for driving with a suspended license.
Otherwise, it was an uneventful night.
"It's quiet up there," Police Chief Brad Burke said.
City officials announced Thursday that an officer will be constantly stationed at Fairview and that there will be a zero-tolerance policy for crime, no matter the severity. It was a response to growing unrest among residents about violent crime at the apartments, which culminated in a shooting Tuesday night.
The complex, which is in the 500 block of East 18th Street, lies across the street from Fairview Elementary School.
Burke said some residents have griped about being under constant surveillance by officers, but "so far people have been pretty happy" about the police presence.
Shipp is a former Fairview tenant who has been banned from the property for causing problems and has been arrested for trespassing more than 10 times in the past three years. He also has a voluminous criminal record of misdemeanor crimes for theft, assault, drug possession, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, according to court records.
Managers of the complex have banned numerous people from the property in recent years, and police officers have aggressively enforced the bans with trespassing arrests, but some people like Shipp keep going back. He has accumulated thousands of dollars worth of fines that he hasn't paid, court records show, which also can result in arrest warrants.
Those who are arrested for trespassing are typically released from jail the next day.
"It's a big cycle," Burke said. "This Shipp guy will get out of jail today and could potentially be back (at Fairview) this afternoon."