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Woman feels unsafe in Flint neighborhood where FBI raided 3 houses

Posted July 17, 2018 11:14 a.m. EDT

— A woman who lives in the south Flint neighborhood with three houses that the FBI raided last week hopes the operation makes the area safer.

Authorities raided two houses in the 800 block of Leland Street and a house the 1200 block of Pinehurst Avenue on Thursday.

The reason behind the raids and what evidence authorities were looking for hasn't been disclosed. Neighbors suspect the vacant homes are being used for criminal activity.

The neighborhood woman, who did not want to be identified, doesn't feel safe there.

"It's dangerous. They follow you, they stalk you," she said. "I shouldn't have to feel like my life is always in danger."

Posters of missing woman from the Flint area are plastered all over the neighborhood as a scary reminder of what could be lurking there.

"It's dangerous enough to where, me just standing here, I feel like I have to have a gun on my side or be surrounded by people or feel I like someone will come by," the woman said.

She doesn't know much about the missing women and she's been trying to keep it that way.

"I like to mind my own," the woman said. "You have to mind your own, you can't get in nobody's business. It's dangerous."

She recounted a time when a group of guys harassed her.

"I was walking back and there was a group a three guys," the woman said. "They kept hollering at me and they were trying to advance me and once I said I had a boyfriend, I started walking faster, they left me alone and if wasn't for that, I would have been gone."

But she hopes this latest police activity will help make a difference.

"Because I want to be able to walk to the gas station in peace and not have to worry about being taken or bug somebody to walk with with me or take me up there," the woman said. "It shouldn't be that way."