ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s only been open for a couple weeks, and already, The Cottages in southeast Albuquerque are becoming a headache. A privately-owned apartment complex for college students has university police and APD searching for answers as to who needs to respond.
Last week it was a massive party with hundreds in attendance, this weekend, a shooting. The Cottages are home to more than 700 college students and already, the place is garnering a reputation. Now, APD and UNM police are trying to figure out how to handle it.
“This time we will have overtime officers there Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights just as a deterrent to anything else happening,” said APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik.
Despite the apartments being home to hundreds of UNM college students, APD says the buildings are privately owned and not part of UNM campus. That’s why a UNM officer says they’re not responsible for patrolling the complex. They say it’s APD’s jurisdiction.
APD says they’re still trying to work that out, but they say their officers have already been there twice in two weeks.
Last weekend there was a huge party and hundreds of students spilled into the street, and some even jumped on cars. Residents said they couldn’t even walk down the road without running into people. No one was arrested and APD was able to quiet the complex with ease.
Yet, this weekend was a different story.
Police responded to the complex at around 4 a.m. Sunday to reports of shots fired. The suspects were gone when officers got there.
Despite the recent commotion, many residents of The Cottages say they like their home and aren’t too concerned.
“I really like living here. I think it’s a fun environment, and I just really like it,” says resident and CNM student Alexa Mikoloyck.
UNM student Jessica Bradbury has a similar take.
“It’s kind of scary knowing that shots were fired, but I feel like it’s kind of the same living on campus as well, so close to Central. I feel like that’s a really, kind of sketchy area of town also,” Bradbury explained.
After those suspects fled The Cottages, it wasn’t long before a second call came in for more shots fired – this time after a road rage incident. Police say the victim’s car was riddled with bullets.
Victims told police two men in a dark colored Jaguar crashed into them, got out and started shooting.
Police tracked down the Jaguar in the foothills and arrested the driver, 28-year-old Tyvon Green, and 22-year-old Shanoah Cauley.
Cauley told police he fired a gun, but only to scare people.
The Cottages are owned by an Alabama-based company which has more than a dozen properties around the country. Many of them have also developed reputations for being places to party.