150 officers involved in massive police sweep targeting troublesome Detroit apartment complex
WXYZ.com Web Staff
10:49 AM, Nov 15, 2013
6:14 PM, Nov 15, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - More than 150 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies descended upon the Colony Arms apartment complex on the city's east side, a place Detroit Police call a major hotbed for criminal activity.
The building is located on East Jefferson near McClellan in Detroit, about a mile east of the entrance to Belle Isle.
Since the beginning of the year, police say they've received about 600 calls from concerned citizens reporting everything from assaults to gun-related crimes.
"As we approached this morning, people started to clap," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "They've never seen anything like this."
Friday's warrant sweep began around 11:00 a.m. and the large number of police vehicles surrounding the Colony Arms apartments forced the closure of East Jefferson Avenue for a couple hours as police arrested 33 people and confiscated two firearms.
Officers began the sweep by targeting 35 people wanted for misdemeanor offenses and felony crimes.
Detroit Police say one of the men arrested was a carjacker who is on parole and found with a gun and wearing a tether.