This is an email that I wrote to Augusta PD on 12/18/2015, about the crime and violence in the neighborhood surrounding the South Parish church, specifically on the crossroads of Flagg St. and Church St. I am offering this as a warning to other people in this neighborhood, and to those thinking about moving here;
The neighborhood of Flagg St. and Church St. in Augusta Maine Crime Issues
Dear Augusta Government and Sgt. Jason Cote,I am a new resident to Augusta, but I have invested a lot of my resources to be here. I bought 5 Flagg St. Pl. Augusta Maine in April, and I am working on buying 8 Church St., and a few other properties.
I have started numerous businesses in Maine since arriving in 2013. We currently own 3 properties in this state, and multiple other properties in other states, that we have been selling off in order to invest more in Maine.We love Maine and Augusta very much. But I despair to tell you that we are likely going to be selling off all of our properties in Augusta, and moving elsewhere.Here is my conflict. I see a lot of police resources being allocated to traffic control in this area, but very little resources given to ACTUAL crimes in this area. We read in the newspaper about new “foot patrols” and increased police presence in this area, but I have yet to see any of that yet.I visited Sgt. Jason Cote on Thursday (yesterday) to let him know that we are seeing the house next door to us get between 30 and 75 cars a day in and out of that house.
The night before that, we had a drug deal go bad, and someone came to the house next door to reclaim money that they got ripped off on a cocaine deal. They woke our 4 young children up at 3am to fight about a drug deal gone bad. I called the police that night, and they were quick to respond. However, the following day, we had drug deals that were blocking our driveway. Patrons of the drug house next door commonly use our driveway at 8 Church St. to park (in front of, blocking our cars in), to go to the drug house next door to buy their drugs. When I called in that day, not a single officer came out, AT ALL.Then tonight, we had a neighbor, who is a retired Army Vet, get physically assaulted at his own home. He lives in an apartment where the drug activity is taking place. He lives upstairs from the apartment that the drug deals are going on at. Well one of these drug dealers beat the hell out of him. He came to our house, let himself in, to escape the violence next door.Once again the police were quick to respond. The officer named Greg (I didn’t catch his last name), came first, and other officers followed later.But apparently, we got caught in the middle of this. Now we have a car that came to pick up the prostitute that was living next door with the neighbor who got assaulted, patrolling our house.
He drives by, stops, looks at our house, then drives by again, stops look at our house. We counted 14 times that he did this between 7pm and 9pm, before the officer named Greg came by to get a statement from us. While Greg was here, that same car drove by 4 more times, doing the same thing, to apparently intimidate us.The officer stopped this guy, and the guy explained that he was “looking for Valarie” who he had actually taken home with him 2 hours before. Which I see no reason that would be true, Valarie earlier was told by police to stay away from here.But since we let that guy “Cletus” in to our house to seek refuge from the violence at his home. We are now a target.When officer Greg came over tonight, I answered the door with a gun. He was offended that I would have a gun in my hand to answer the door.I explained to him, that we are under a serious amount of harassment, and police typically ignore our calls for help, because they seem to be pre-occupied with traffic enforcement.I am going to tell you right now. Aside from city revenue from these frivolous traffic tickets, we DO NOT NEED police resources being allocated to victim-less crimes, when there is plenty of REAL crime to deal with here.Just for reference, this is how it works when police aren’t doing traffic enforcement. Traffic flows BETTER without cops on the beat pulling people over to 5mph over the speed limit.This was proven recently in Acapulco Mexico, when police went on strike for months, and crime seemed to disappear, and the flow of traffic got better, with less accidents.We as tax payers are asking for less enforcement on VICTIM-LESS crimes, and more enforcement and patrols on REAL crimes.Please, stop the stupid traffic enforcement, and protect the people of Augusta.The paramedic that came tonight told us that there has been multiple murders in this neighborhood in the past too years.We are ready to move our assets out of this city, and never look back.Sincerely,Ryan Thompson