Crime at off-campus apartment complex worries residents

Second armed robbery reported at the Outpost in 3 days

SAN ANTONIO - Residents at the Outpost at 6802 UTSA Boulevard, an apartment complex with mostly college students, are calling for increased security after an increase in aggravated crime including a pair of armed robberies in the last three days.

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The latest happened at 1 a.m. on Wednesday when police said three armed men went into a four-bedroom apartment and pistol-whipped one resident before taking multiple items, including wallets and cash.

"One of them came over to me and said, 'Give me what you have!' and I was like, 'I don't have anything,' and I was half asleep still," said Robert Gomez, who said he got out of bed after hearing a crash in his apartment. "My parents are actually on their way here from the Valley. They're moving me out."

Fellow roommate LaDavid Taylor decided to hang out with other friends that night but got a phone call from Gomez shortly after the robbers left.

"They just kicked the door in," said Taylor, pointing out the broken door lock and screws on his bedroom floor. "All they took was my laptop, (for) which I'm very grateful."

According to the San Antonio Police Department, they've responded to over 300 calls to the complex in the last year. Two weeks ago, Glynn Dickens' friend was shot at the complex.

"It's just gotten exponentially scarier living here," said Dickens, who has lived at the complex since August 2011. "Even the lighting we do have is dim and I work late so coming home late is scary sometimes just because of how dark it can be."

The complex doesn't have gates at the entrances nor are there any cameras on the property.

Gina Cowart, spokesperson for American Campus Communities, which owns the property, said they are planning to double their overnight security patrols from two to four. They will patrol the complex between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Cowart said ACC will also begin working more with SAPD to come up with solutions to fight the growing problem.

Officer Matthew Porter of SAPD said they will also increase patrols in the area and are exploring other options.

"I can't blame management because they do the best they can do but I know there's been a couple of people that have complained from the same area," said Gomez.

"My mom really doesn't like me living here but right now, (but with) me being a student and working a part-time job, I can't afford to break my lease," added Taylor. "I would love to live somewhere more peaceful."

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