Gang measures inconclusive in crime data

STACEY MULICK (The Olympian)

TACOMA – Robberies, assaults and other crimes dipped in a large part of Tacoma in February after police and federal agents cracked down on several reputed members of the city’s oldest – and allegedly most active – street gang.

However, most of those crimes bounced back in March and then fell slightly in April. A Tacoma Police Department analysis didn’t include the months since.

Whether the fluctuations stemmed from the arrests and prosecutions of three dozen alleged members of the Hilltop Crips is just a guess at this point, Police Chief Don Ramsdell said.

“You can’t come to the conclusion that this is solely the result of taking down the Hilltop Crips,” he said recently. “I am sure it’s a combination of different things that are happening.”

Skip Vaughn, chairman of the South Tacoma Neighborhood Council, said his area has not seen much of a difference before or after the arrests. Residents have noticed suspected gang members in their neighborhood but don’t know which gang they belong to.

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