Resident not shocked by armed robbery in Yuma neighborhood

Resident not shocked by armed robbery in Yuma neighborhood

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YUMA, AZ - Police continue to search for two men who robbed two victims at gunpoint, stole their wallets, and then shot them.  

The armed robbery happened Friday night near the intersection of First Street and 9th Avenue. Yuma Police would only confirm both victims suffered minor gun shot wounds.

One couple that lives in the area says crime is nothing new to their neighborhood. They've lived in the same house for more than 30 years.

They say there's been a murder, drive-by's, and cars shot up all in this same area. 

"There's been a house where there was a man killed in it," said Steve Roueche. And that's just the tip of the iceberg according to the long-time resident. "There was a standoff about a 12 to 13 hour standoff for that one. There was another neighbor; his truck has bullet holes in it. There was a lady that at the end of the street, the individual he opened the door, threw her out and he stole her car and the police said that she was fortunate he threw her out."

Ruche says his modest neighborhood is known for gang violence. "They go down the street and they'll just break out the windows or pull off the car mirror. One time they picked up rocks from my yard and I felt really bad because they threw it through my neighbor's windshield and it's been going on here in this area for quite some time," he said.

Ruche says neighbors criticized him and his wife recently after they purchased a second home in Los Algodones to split time between living in Yuma and on the other side of the border.

But Ruche says he feels a lot safer over there. "Many people say they're afraid for us living over there but in Algodones people are very friendly, we never hear gun shots, there's really no crime or even graffiti there," he said.

Ruche says at this point there's not much more residents can do but to stay alert to report crime when it's taking place.

"Be cautious and take what measures you can."

As far as the criminal investigation, police say there is no new information about any leads. Anyone with information is urged to call 78-crime. Your call will remain anonymous.

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