by Tashun Chism
Lufkin's Creekside Estates was the scene of one of 2008's first aggravated robberies. Police say a suspect held two women at gunpoint and demanded their money and valuables. The victims were not injured.
Creekside Estates Manager Jennifer Wilson said, "It's definitely a surprise. That's nothing normal here at Creekside."
Creekside resident Helen Crain agrees that the apartment complex is usually safe. She says she doesn't fear for her safety at all. "No! I really don't feel unsafe because I know if someone comes in my door they're not coming back out!"
Many other Creekside residents we talked to agreed their apartment complex is still safe despite the incident. Lufkin Police say the same of the City of Lufkin in general.
"Lufkin is still a very safe city overall. And it's not unusual that we have a murder or two. It's been going on since the beginning of time," said Lt. David Young of the Lufkin Police Department.
One approach Lufkin Police use to reduce violent crime is to target high risk offenders.
"Anytime we have a repeat violent offender that involves a weapon, we try to go federal on those to give them more time." Young told us.
Violent crimes are also more common among people who know each other.
"Particularly most of our shootings or stabbings and things like that, in most homicides, the victim is known to the offender. We have a lot of victims of violent crimes who put themselves in situations they should be in anyway and if you avoid those things and conduct yourself in a normal manner you're less likely to be a victim of a violent crime," said Young.
Police work hard to prevent violent crime here in lufkin but citizens can also do their part to help.
You should always be aware of your surroundings when in public, especially at night.
Always carry yourself in a confident mannner. Violent offenders usually target people they think they can overwhelm or intimidate.
Also, try to avoid making atm transactions late at night.