West Monroe officials respond to recent spike in violent, property crimes

A potentially deadly robbery plot highlights a growing number of violent crimes in one West Monroe neighborhood. (Source: KNOE)

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A potentially deadly robbery plot highlights a growing number of violent crimes in one West Monroe neighborhood.

According to police records, Kevin Swan and two other suspects met in jail and began planning and committing robberies.

On July 1st, the three allegedly shot 20 rounds at a Domino's Pizza delivery driver at the 100 Block of Filhiol Avenue.

She was unharmed, but city officials are concerned over the rapid rise of crimes in this area and in other parts of the city.

"Our desire is to prevent and detour crime," said Alderman Ben Westerburg.

Ben Westerburg says the neighborhood's close proximity to the interstate makes it an easy target.

"So that area has the interstate and of course people aren't just from Monroe or West Monroe that want to do bad things," said Westerburg.

To combat crime, the city began trying new strategies.

"We're having extra patrols, we've assigned extra people and had a great community meeting that went very well and we really want to show more of a presence there,” said Westberburg.

Police say the suspects would rob people, and shoot at any vehicles who come into their neighborhood to stop any possible retaliation.

Westerburg says they'll need the community's help to win this fight against crime.

"When people are caring about their neighborhood and where they live and where they work, then they're going to report things. And I'll tell you, I know our police department would much rather get a report of something suspicious and find out that nothing's wrong, than to not get a report and something happened," said Westerburg.

The two remaining suspects, James Brown, Jr. and Daularrius Selders, are still at-large. If you have any information on their whereabouts, you can call West Monroe Police. Any tip you provide can remain anonymous.