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Father’s Day crimes

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 news) - Since Friday night there have been seven violent crimes involving guns and knives in Ouachita Parish.

Michael Gives is one homeowner who lives in Monroe where some on the recent crimes have taken place and he thinks the rise in violence is a result of people having too much time on their hands.

"School is out, kids have more free time, everyone is moving around," said Michael Gives.

Monroe's Chief of Police Quentin D. Holmes says Father's Day weekend was one of the most violent he remembers.

"It's the busiest, certainly since I've been Chief. In terms of all happening this close," said Holmes.

Despite the number of shootings and stabbing's Chief Holmes says Monroe is not as dangerous as it might seem because the victims were injured by people the attackers knew.

"We still feel despite what took place the city of Monroe is safe," said Holmes.

Mr. Gives says he still feels safe even though he lives in a neighborhood where one of the shootings took place.

"Stuff is going to happen regardless, it's going to happen but I feel like if we were to be more involved with what's going on, more concerned about each other then it would be better," said Gives.

Officers at the Monroe Police Department say all of the crimes that happened this weekend could have been prevented. If you see something they want you to say something.

"If you're having an event whether it's at a park or whether it's in your home, if you see an argument escalating to give us a call," said Holmes.

If you have any information involving any of this weekend's crimes you are asked to call the Monroe Police Department or Crime Stoppers.


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