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Phoenix Hill neighbors ask for help fighting crime

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Neighbors claim a cheap drink night at Phoenix Hill Tavern is the cause of the criminal activity. Neighbors claim a cheap drink night at Phoenix Hill Tavern is the cause of the criminal activity.
One neighbor says graffiti outside his home wasn't there on Tuesday. One neighbor says graffiti outside his home wasn't there on Tuesday.
Megan Schweizer Megan Schweizer
Charles Cecil Charles Cecil
Neighbors hope this petition will bring about action to make the area safer. Neighbors hope this petition will bring about action to make the area safer.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - From car break-ins to armed robberies, people living in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood say they've had it with crime. Neighbors claim a cheap drink night at Phoenix Hill Tavern is the cause.

People who live near the bars might expect some problems on the weekends, but these neighbors say it's only happening on Wednesday nights.

"Every Wednesday night is exciting, I'll say that," said neighbor Megan Schweizer.

"It's horrendous, and every time you turn around there's a break-in," said neighbor Charles Cecil.

"Both my and my boyfriend's cars have been broken into," Schweizer added, "and just Wednesday night, somebody got held up at gunpoint on our front porch, which is just really scary." That somebody, Schweizer said, was a Jimmy John's delivery person.

Schweizer's dogs were barking Wednesday night when she saw a bag of Jimmy John's food in front of her Rogers Street home. She called the number on the delivery receipt and found out the female driver had gotten an order from someone using Schweizer's address. "I went and talked to her the next day."

Schweizer said the woman told her the robber jumped out from the side of Schweizer's house and put a gun to the back of her head.

Schweizer and her neighbors say the crime keeps coming every Wednesday, the drink specials night at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

"The noise is just unbelievable," Cecil said. Neighbors believe the noise at the bar is why criminals are hitting the neighborhood, thinking no one will hear them.

Cecil said graffiti behind his home wasn't there on Tuesday. He also said he hopes a neighborhood petition will lead Metro Councilman David Tandy to step in to help.

Karen Callahan with Phoenix Hill Tavern said the bar has extra security officers in front of and behind the business on Wednesdays, but police confirm the crimes are happening on the streets in the areas between the bar and the cars.  Callahan said the tavern wants to keep the neighborhood safe. She pledged to talk with neighbors and add more off-duty police officers if necessary.

"If you don't have enough cops, then call the army reserve, but we're going to take our streets back one way or another," Cecil said.

The Louisville Metro Police Department's 5th Division police commander said they're working to make all the entertainment districts safer from Frankfort Avenue to St. Matthews and back to the Highlands. He said the graffiti could be the work of kids in the neighborhood.

As for the armed robbery of the delivery person, police said the same crime is happening in other areas and they are on the case.

Neighbors said that may be true, but it's still all happening on Wednesday nights, so they believe there is a connection.

Through a spokesperson, Councilman Tandy said he's just learning about the crime issues and plans to talk with neighbors and police about the problems.

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