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Abandoned house used for criminal activity demolished

Posted: 10:33 PM, Apr 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-26 23:33:24-04

Bulldozers were the latest weapon for law enforcement as they were used to prevent future crime as the walls came crumbling down at an abandoned home in Flour Bluff.

The City of Corpus Christi is saying demolitions like this are just a step in the right direction when it comes to preventing crime.

The city’s Code Enforcement’s Demolition Program couldn’t have chosen a better week to bring it down, either.

“So this week is National Community Development Week,” said Rudy Bentancourt, director of the city’s Housing and Community Development program. “So this fell right in there, within the parameters of that. This part just alone allows the community, the neighborhood to get their community back.”

Over time, multiple residents in the 1400 block of O’Neill Street have seen many people come and go.

Some of them have even set fires in and outside the house.

Then, curious animals began appearing.

“Dogs and cats and wild dogs and stray cats coming in here,” neighboring resident Michael Emorell said. “So it’s a long time coming. I’m highly appreciative of the city for doing it.

“I just live here with my wife and my grandchildren come down most of the time … I thought it was unsafe.”

Today, an eyesore was gone.

And a neighborhood was more secure.