Teen charged with trespassing at vacant, remodeled apartment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One teen is now facing charges, and police believe there are many more suspects on the streets of Memphis, connected to vandalism at a renovated apartment complex off Raines Road.

The suspects did not take anything, but did take a sense of safety for many families with young children.

In just about every window you look, there’s a gaping hole at an apartment on Rainwood Drive.

Police say they were patrolling the Sterling Townhomes complex late Wednesday night and noticed shattered glass.

They flashed their squad car lights and heard even more glass shatter.

Detectives say Sean Williams, 18, and several other teens took off running from inside the apartment.

Neighbors like Oliver Partee stayed inside their homes with their frightened children, “I tell him those are the bad guys and they’ll get caught soon.”

Police say Williams told them he was inside smoking weed by himself.

“You always hear vacant houses being broken into and someone starting a fire. Who is to say these kids don’t break in start a fire and bam, the whole apartment complex is on fire,” said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

The neighbor says this week’s vandalism isn’t a one-time thing, the vacant apartment keeps getting hit.

“It’s annoying and scary. You don’t know what you’ll walk out to,” said the unidentified neighbor.

All throughout the complex, there are no trespassing signs alerting families and crooks that these apartments are part of the district attorney’s anti trespassing program, but neighbors fear its failing.

“Is this enough to make you want to move?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.

“Yes! You would want to move too,” replied the neighbor.

Police say nothing was stolen.

They actually found some of William’s items left behind in the apartment.

It’s estimated the vandalism will cost about $2,300 to repair.

7 comments

  • Obummer

    It’s sad the way they treat their own communities. They would rather live in broken down, busted out ghettos than do anything to make their communities better. smh

  • atjohnson

    This site has become a haven for individuals who can’t protest without insults. Not defending or excusing the behavior they are speaking against, because it is inexcusable, but their insults put them on the same level as those they are insulting. My sincere prayer is they allow God’s love to rule in their hearts.

    • A. Skeptic

      Would that be the same “god” who, in the bible, says it’s perfectly acceptable to own these children as slaves? Just wondering which one of the 700+ gods to which you’re referring…

  • atjohnson

    Yes, A. Skeptic that’s the God I’m speaking of:-) God made provision for every aspect of human life. Ancient ‘servitude’ wasn’t the perverted system that existed in the American South. In ancient times, if a person was destitute, that condition could continue for generations, there was no way out of it. If a person was starving and chose to serve someone to avoid starvation, then that could actually save them. The bible also says that a ‘master’ is to set the servant free after a period of time (7 years) and to never send them away empty handed, but set up to build their own life. If someone chose to remain, that was his or her choice. People also lost their freedom due to disobedience to God, but He always eventually ‘set them free’. I’m not defending slavery, just explaining the reason. It wasn’t determined by race either. By the way, I’m a black man.

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