ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People in one Albuquerque neighborhood say they’re concerned for their safety after an unwelcome guest moved in, but the city says there’s not much it can do about it.
“Nobody seemed to know who he was,” says Larry Goodwin, a resident near Summer Hills Park in northeast Albuquerque. “There was always a different story about why he was here.”
“Well, I got told he was security. I got told he was maintenance. Somebody heard that he was visiting a friend,” a neighbor says.
Residents are suspicious and concerned about an unexpected neighbor they say showed up in the area near Lomas and Juan Tabo about a month ago.
“We have noticed people are a little bit more leery of coming out with their kids,” Goodwin says.
Neighbors says it’s because of an RV owner who got into a habit of hanging out at the park and staying the night there in his RV, night after night.
“He just settled in,” a neighbor says.
People in the area say since they started calling police and the city, the RV has been disappearing in the afternoon during normal office hours and showing up again at night.
“I don’t know what they’re doing for one,” Carlton Waites says.
Residents have concerns about everything from possible drug activity to dumping waste water—allegations the, city says, it found no evidence to support.
“We had someone go take a look at that and weren’t able to substantiate that,” says Brennon Wiliams, Associate Planning Director.
Otherwise, the city says, the RV owner is allowed to park there, because the small road or alley is public property.
“If somebody is not blocking the alleyway and the vehicle they’re in is licensed and registered, they’re allowed to be in the alley just like you or I would,” Williams said.
A disappointing surprise to neighbors.
“It is very frustrating,” Goodwin says.
“There’s a safety issue. There’s a concern for our children. There’s a concern for our neighborhood and our property value,” another neighbor says.
KRQE News 13 tried to talk to the RV owner on Wednesday, but he wasn’t in the area at the time.