Local officials reacted to an Associated Press article, originally printed in the July 2 Alamogordo Daily News, in which District Attorney Diana Martwick stated, “We had big-time gangs here involved in the killing of a U.S. consulate (worker and her husband). They’ve been involved in all our violent crimes lately. … I want to get a handle on it (Zeta presence) before we become the next Roswell.”
The second AP article, published in Tuesday’s Daily Record, listed Farmington and Roswell as the communities with the biggest gang problems.
Few people in city government debate that Roswell has gangs. “No one will deny that we have our problems, but we believe we have been proactive in fighting crime. … Many of the problems that we have here are not unique to us. They are nationwide problems, but one thing we won’t do is point our finger at another city and say, ‘So-and-so is worse than us,’” said City Administrator Larry Fry.
Mayor Del Jurney did not appreciate Martwick’s statements, either. “She spoke with no concrete evidence and no documentation.”
RPD have been receiving phone calls from frightened citizens since the articles first appeared.
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