NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Neighbors on West Little Creek Road say they’re not surprised that police responded to a vacant former day care to investigate possible drug use.
According to police, officers responded to the vacant building after receiving a report of juveniles possibly using drugs inside Saturday. They all fled when officers arrived.
During a foot pursuit, officers say one of the juveniles darted into traffic and was struck by a vehicle. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Lynette Crouch told WAVY.com she had her windows open when the Honda sedan struck the teen.
“I heard the impact, and it was just something that… you won’t forget,” she said. Crouch said she sees many people coming and going from the former Babies ‘n Beyond Daycare, which has been vacant for more than a year.
Neighbors say a big part of the problem began when the daycare ended, but the building was not boarded up.
“They should have secured it a long time ago, but they left the doors open. Once the doors were open it became open to the public. And it became riffraff and this is what happens,” said Tracy McCoy, who lives right across the road from the building.
McCoy says police arrested a man about a month ago who was trying to steal copper pipe from the building, and that was the time to secure the building. When 10 On Your Side came to the neighborhood Monday morning, only a few of the building’s doors and windows were shuttered.
Neighbors hope this latest incident will move police and the building’s owner to board up the property. “I think that people have just been tolerating it and hoping that things would just change maybe,” Crouch said.
Norfolk Police are investigating, and the driver who struck the teen was not charged.