Jennifer McGraw and Marc Sternfield
3 hours ago
Residents of the exclusive Camden Harbor View Apartments in Long Beach say they are fed up with relentless crime, run-ins with the homeless and now juvenile delinquents.
“These kids don’t care. They are looking for problems,” one tenant, Kimberly, told KTLA. “One hit me with a skateboard.”
Security and cell phone cameras have captured some of the incidents, including one in which teenagers attacked a man who was simply walking in the area.
“They were harassing him and he didn’t want to defend himself. He was just trying to get them to stop. He didn’t want to hurt the kids,” Kimberly said.
Another video shows a teenager “kicking a donkey” through the door of an apartment and then fleeing with his friends.
Tenants say they are dealing with a constant cycle of problems.
At the beginning of September, several cars were set on fire by a serial arsonist. People continue to be attacked and residents say the administration is doing nothing about it.
“They have a courtesy patrol, that’s a joke,” said Susan Herman, who told us she was attacked at the apartment complex pool. “Stolen cars, vandalized cars, beaten people… what does it take? We have services here that we are too afraid to use because you don’t know what you are going to find. “Those teenagers are just out of control.”
Kimberly believes armed guards are the only solution.
“We need someone who really cares. You have to get your property back.”
KTLA contacted Long Beach police and the apartment complex’s management on Sunday but did not receive a response. Management previously told us they increased security after the arson attacks.
Residents plan to take their complaints to the Long Beach City Council.