The double slaying at Harbor Island in Las Vegas that occurred Tuesday night has many residents on edge.
Initial reports said that there was some type of home invasion. For those that know the area located on Harmon Avenue near Paradise Road, crimes, even deadly ones, are nothing new at Harbor Island.
It would be doubtful that criminals would target apartments there unless there was some type of connection between the criminals and the people who lived there.
Many people reside at Harbor Island from week to week and the apartments come furnished. They can be a good deal since they allow tenants to pay their rent weekly and, according to their website, the rent includes free utilities and Direct TV. Some people stay for the short term; while others are there longer.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that because there are no credit checks and no leases, nearly anyone with cash in hand can move in.
Management is, of course, concerned about getting their dollars and residents have said for years and years that more security is needed.
Reviews of Harbor Island, on Internet message boards, paint a picture of residents feeling very unsafe, particularly at night because of prostitutes and drugs. Other major complaints say that the place is infested with roaches and even bedbugs.
When Harbor Island initially opened, way back in the late 80’s or so, they were owned and managed by Bigelow Management, who ran Harbor Island, Shelter Island and the related “Island” properties. The properties were new and looked nice. Bigelow no longer manages the “Island” properties and now runs Budget Suites.
Harbor Island is now part of the Advanced Managed Group, which operates more than 30 properties in the Las Vegas area.
It turns out there was indeed a connection in the double slaying at Harbor Island in Las Vegas and that is was not random.
The four men who forced their way into the apartment at Harbor Island demanded money and valuables, that they believed were owed to them.
When the victims tried to fight back, shots rang out.
Three men were in the apartment at Harbor Island. Anthony Anderson and Evin Russell are now dead and a third man was injured but alive.
Three people are in custody; Sasha Williams, 21, Maurice Sims, 23, and Brandon Range, 24. The fourth man is still being sought.
The fourth man, Da Ron Morris, 28 has since been apprehended.
The “East Side” of Las Vegas is very close to the strip and has shopping nearby. Years ago, you had to travel a bit further north to really be in the thick of the perceived “bad neighborhoods”.
For the residents that feel they are stuck at Harbor Island, many live in constant fear, especially in light of the recent double slaying at Harbor Island.