Police: crime down, shootings rare now in Ybor City - FOX 13 News

Police: crime down, shootings rare now in Ybor City

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Crimestoppers increased the reward to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest in a double shooting that happened in Ybor City last week.

Tampa police say a couple was walking to their car parked near the intersection of East 2nd Avenue and North 15th Street early Sunday morning when they were robbed and shot.

"If someone is not going to come forward and do the right thing to provide us the information, maybe they will be motivated to come forward for that increased reward," said Laura McElroy, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department.

Both victims of the robbery and shooting survived and are recovering at home. They declined Friday to talk to FOX 13 News about what happened.

As this weekend's crowd began to grow, some were still concerned about what happened last weekend.

"I don't really want to come down here," said Josh DeLeon, who visits Ybor City a couple times a month. "I wouldn't think that's the safest place."

Police, however, said crime continues to decrease in the community and shootings have become rare.

"We've put a tremendous amount of effort into increasing out patrols and having operations in Ybor City and it has worked," McElroy said.

Some long-time residents and business owners have noticed the change.

"I think it's the safest Ybor has ever been in a long time," said Mathieu Stanoch, who has lived in Ybor for more than a decade. "I think that when crime happens, I think it's because people don't realize safety in numbers. I think people park off the wrong streets."

"There's just a feeling of safety down here," added Jason Fernandez, who owns several restaurants in the area. "There always are going to be the criminals that prey on people that they feel are easy targets. So just like if you're in any big city, keep your head up, your eyes open, your head on a swivel and pay attention and have a good time."

Another man was robbed a little more than two weeks ago while walking home from Ybor. Police said it's unlikely the crimes are related.

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