April 16, 2024

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A complicated block that angers neighbors in Lachine

A complicated block that angers neighbors in Lachine

Undeterred by neighbors in Montreal’s Lachine borough, residents are begging police to take action to evacuate the “ghetto” on rue Camille, where a woman was stabbed Saturday.

• Read more: Armed attack in Montreal: 30-year-old woman stabbed in Lachine

“Apart from a few patrols, nothing has been done to correct the situation. One apartment block has turned into a terror for the whole street,” denounces Marilyn, who lives on rue Camille.

The building where Saturday's armed attack took place on rue Camille in Lachine.

Photo by Audrey Robitaille

The building where Saturday’s armed attack took place on rue Camille in Lachine.

The mother, who asked that her last name be withheld, can’t help but think of her three children, who will start school next door in September.

A complicated block that angers neighbors in Lachine

Photo by Thierry Laforce, QMI Agency

“My partner and I started feeling insecure. It’s a shame because I’ve lived in the Saint-Pierre district for over 20 years, and it used to be a very peaceful place,” he laments.

A complicated block that angers neighbors in Lachine

Photo by Thierry Laforce, QMI Agency

Marilyn says that almost every week, the police are called to intervene in the same building. When she works from home, she often sees patrol cars pass her street.

The fallout is too high

A 30-year-old woman was stabbed at her home around 11am on Saturday. Later in the day, police arrested a 47-year-old suspect known to their services.

The incident appears to be the last straw for residents of the area, who are insisting that the city be rid of the “ghetto”.

According to neighbors, the complex will house a brothel. This explains the recurrence.

A complicated block that angers neighbors in Lachine

Photo by Thierry Laforce, QMI Agency

“It’s sad, but it doesn’t surprise me. I lived on rue Camille from 2015 to 2016, unfortunately it hasn’t really changed. It’s a very backward area,” said Vanni Ranger-Tremblay when interviewed. Newspaper.

A quick search on social networks is enough to find a dozen violent incidents on this street in recent years. Since 2020, at least four people have been victims of stabbings there, the most recent on Saturday.

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