11 arrests made after St. Louis police go full force on violent neighborhood

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 8:59 PM

(KMOV) -- St. Louis police made 11 arrested and recovered two guns while focusing on the College Hill neighborhood hoping to stop an escalation of violence.

About 80 police officers saturated the neighborhood north of downtown St. Louis on Wednesday.

According to police, the arrests included two parole violations, three violations of controlled substances, two DWIs, a probation violation, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree tampering and a bench warrant.

During Wednesdays sweeps, officers performed a roll call in the streets, used police dogs and went door-to-door to plead residents for help in solving shootings that killed three people and left another badly wounded in recent weeks.

Residents and police believe the violence involves a neighborhood feud over a woman. They do not believe it is gang-related.

According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, the hot-spot technique was made possible by overtime funds and grant money.

“We’ve also got plain clothes detectives here in undercover capacity targeting specific individuals as well as a plan of attack on the neighborhood on multi levels,” said Dotson.

 

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