(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) - Two residences in North Memphis where police have responded to at least 30 calls involving criminal activity in the past two years were closed a public nuisances Thursday afternoon, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Members of the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit said the residences at 651 and 653 Decatur St. have been the scenes of illegal trafficking of crack cocaine, marijuana and heroin.
Other reported offenses at the residences located just north of Jackson Avenue include prostitution, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, robbery and motor vehicle theft. Between Jan. 1, 2016, and June 8, 2018, police have taken 17 people into custody related to the calls.
A temporary injunction/restraining order closing the residences was filed by Gen. Weirich and Bruce McMullen, Chief Legal Officer and Memphis City Attorney, and granted by Judge Patrick Dandridge of General Sessions Environmental Court Division XIV.
According to property assessor records, the residences are owned by Topstone Inv Mem 1, LLC of Blue Springs, Mo. Utility services are in the name of Tillis L. Hamilton at 651 Decatur and in the name of Lewis Graffed Jr. at 653 Decatur.
A hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday before Judge Dandridge when the defendants will be asked to show cause why the temporary closing should not become permanent.
“These incidences, if they continue, will have a negative impact on the surrounding community and the City of Memphis,” Gen. Weirich and City Atty. McMullen said in the petition.
OCU officers said that in 2016 alone, more than 91 crimes were reported in the nearby vicinity of the two residences.
The nuisance petition is being handled by Asst. City Prosecutor Kenya Hooks and by Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit.