Canton residents say they are being retaliated against for reporting crime in their neighborhood

Posted at 4:12 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 16:57:24-04

Windows shot out, bricks thrown into homes and a woman punched in the face.

Residents living on Ivydale Avenue SW in Canton say they believe their neighbors are retaliating against them after they reported drug issues and other problems on their street to police.

"This is the brick an adult male threw through at my window," Elena Hennis said. 

Hennis and her neighbors say all of the damage and problems they're facing are retaliation. That's because, when they see it, they report it.

"There's been vandalism, drug dealings," David Brozovic said. 

"We've seen a lot of domestic violence, drug trade, lots of different violent issues going on, so we have called the police quite often," Hennis told News 5. 

Mary Brozovic says she was beat up the last time she called police to report a crime. It's the last straw, according to folks living on Ivydale. 

"What kind of man hits a 58-year-old woman? He punched a headlight out on my truck, then I asked him, 'why did you do that? I don't know you. I never did anything to you,'" David Brozovic said. 

His surveillance camera caught some of it. 

The man who the Brozovics' say hit Mary is currently in jail on felonious assault, possession of drugs, and criminal damaging charges with a court date Wednesday. 

David and Mary Brozovic and Elena Hennis say they want something more done in their neighborhood. Something surveillance cameras, alarm systems and a new neighborhood watch group can't accomplish.

"The residents of this neighborhood are trying to get things done," Hennis explained. 

"They need to get these drug dealers out of our neighborhood. They always tell us we want to get the big fish. Well, how about getting the little fish out of here and making sure they don't come back," Brozovic said. 

After three calls in one day and 14 this summer, News 5 asked Canton police if they have a plan in place. People living on Ivydale say patrols have been increased, but we are still waiting on our request for more information.