Residents in one Quincy neighborhood say they’re fed up with juveniles causing problems on the north side of town, everything from stealing items from yards to attacking a mail carrier in broad daylight.
“I think everyone is on high alert after that,” said resident Kristie Cobb.
Just after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, Cobb says a female mail carrier knocked on her door near 14th and Lind and told her she had been jumped.
“She had been walking down the sidewalk and three girls were yelling at her and calling her names and trying to get her attention and she told them to please leave her alone and that she was doing her job,” said Cobb. “Then when she turned around, they jumped her from the back and started hitting her in the head with backpacks.”
After questioning those around the area, the Quincy Police Department came to the conclusion only one female juvenile was responsible for the attack, but Cobb says it’s just the latest in a string of incidents regarding juveniles in the area.
“We don’t have a lot of teenagers in our area and we’ve had a lot of them around lately,” said Cobb. “We’ve had things come up missing in our yard but the attack was definitely something that was unexpected.”
Although Sgt. Nathan Elbus says the department hasn’t necessarily seen an uptick in juvenile-related crimes, teens are more more tempted to get into mischief, especially if they aren’t involved in after school activities.
“Anytime you get juveniles that aren’t being supervised by their parents, I think sometimes they can get into trouble,” said Elbus.
After what happened on Monday, police say they will be out patrolling the 14th and Lind area during after school hours.
“Officers do plan to be in the area as much as possible to see if we can locate this female,” said Elbus.
However, Cobb doesn’t know if that’s going to solve the issue.
“I’m not sure what the answer is but as you can see things happen and that was pretty bad,” said Cobb.
Monday’s incident is still under investigation.
WGEM reached out to the postal service for this story. Messages left at the Quincy office and the regional office in St. Louis were not returned.