Campus Park residents: New neighbor terrorizes street

From a quiet cul de sac to a place police now frequent, people in a southwest Bakersfield neighborhood said they are living in fear as large parties rage outside their doors. But the woman throwing the parties says she has every right to be there.

From a quiet cul de sac to a place police now frequent, a southwest Bakersfield neighborhood said they are living in fear as large parties rage outside their doors. But the woman throwing the parties says she has every right to be there.

"It was peaceful and beautiful," said Kathleen Craig, a Campus Park Resident. "All of neighbors got together and were enjoying our life and our world."

Manicured lawns and birds chirping that's what defined this street then neighbors say it changed.

"Our quiet little neighborhood has turned into like the barrio the ghetto and none of it is our doing," said Craig.

Craig said the problems stem from parties thrown at this house.

"When guns come out and you have that many kids out here fighting and carrying on you tend to be afraid,"

Bakersfield Police said they've been called to the cul de sac 5 times in the last 10 days. On March 21 it was for a loud commotion and a threat of guns. On March 23 a dispatcher heard five shots fired. Wednesday night there were multiple calls for a large fight.

"Our kids could go out after dark and play now we don't let our kids out because we're afraid," said Craig.

The woman hosting the parties said it's all untrue.

"I don't know if it's because there's a bunch of black people around and they're not used to that but there hasn't been any fights hasn't been any shootings any of that and when they are over here they're in my house," said Sydney Brim, Campus Park resident.

Craig is the only neighbor who would speak to us on camera because she said the others are single women fearing retaliation.

Minutes after we spoke with the neighbors an argument broke out, a fight Craig hopes will be the last on her block.

"I want this to stop," said Craig. "I don't want to have the police on my street every weekend."

The Bakersfield Police Department said they are going to alert their watch commander about the neighborhood.

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