Harris County sues apartment complex

Attorney: complex infested with crime

Published On: Aug 17 2012 05:44:48 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Harris County is taking action, suing a southwest Houston apartment complex that police know well.

The apartment complex called Point of the Southwest, 11505 Keegans Ridge Road, is so crime infested, it's a public nuisance, according to the county attorney.

He's asked a state judge to force the owners to improve security or risk losing the property.

In just two years, police have been called to the apartment complex almost 300 times. County investigators said crimes ranging from aggravated assault to armed robbery have been investigated, but beyond that, say the Point of the Southwest a haven for drug dealers.

One resident, who did not want to be identified, said he won't allow his young daughter and son out of his apartment after the sun goes down.

"I don't let them go outside at night. We just stay in at night. We come in, lock the door and stay inside," he said.

The county attorney wants the owner to hire more security, install cameras and better lighting, board up broken windows and repair broken gates.

The property is owned by Keegans Ridge Partners.

The county attorney is asking for a temporary injunction to force the owners to clean the place up.

Both sides will square off and tell it to the judge in October.