LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – One month after a series of assaults in downtown Louisville caused by a large group of teens, police released the latest number of crimes for a particular section of the city.
WHAS-TV asked LMPD to provide a list of crimes that have occurred in the Waterfront Park and Big Four Bridge between April 1st and April 20th of this year in an open records request. A police spokesman responded by telling us no criminal or police reports have been filed regarding any crime in either section of downtown. This does not mean crime did not occur, but it does mean if anyone was attacked, they did not report it to police.
The owner of Bader’s Food Mart, Paula Bader, is skeptical.
“You would like to believe that, but that’s not believable,” she said.
However, Bader does think the added police presence downtown has made a huge positive difference at her convenience store. She claims last year after Thunder teens caused issues at her downtown location almost weekly; while she has not had any issues in the last month.
Several people walking the Big Four Bridge trusted the number provided by police, and think added officers and cameras led to the lower crime rate.
“I just think everything that transpired about a month ago… was just what you would call an episode,” said Joel Jackson, visiting the Big Four Bridge. “I feel very comfortable about what the mayor’s done to make us all feel comfortable.”
LMPD had released a list revealing crimes at the Big Four Bridge and Waterfront Park area that occurred between Dec. 26th and March 26th. A total of 21 crimes were reported. The numbers showed only four crimes were reported after March 22nd. Two assaults happened on March 23rd, and an assault and robbery on March 24th.