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A 24-year-old Davenport man is in jail after police say he kidnapped three people on Halloween, sexually abused two of them and stole their money.

Earnest J. Nunley is still in custody at Scott County Jail accused of holding three people against their will, inside their home, for eight hours on Halloween night. Police say Nunley walked into an apartment in the 34-hundred block of Heatherton Drive about 11 p.m. on October 31st asking for money.
     
According to police, Nunley sexually assaulted two women and threatened one man. He took their cell phones and held them hostage until they agreed to pay him $500.

The neighborhood where this happened has a history of crime. While we haven't recently heard of any crimes as major as the kidnapping and assaults that took place at that apartment building on Halloween night, neighbors living along Heatherton Drive say crime is always an issue.

"Crime, I would think, on Heatherton has a different definition than it does in other places in Davenport," said Royanna Johnson.
     
In the year that Royanna Johnson has lived on Heatherton Drive, she's become numb to the sight of squad cars passing through.
     
She's become accustomed to crime.

"I don't feel like this is the place where I want my daughter to be playing outside and running around," said Johnson. "I don't feel comfortable. I don't feel like it's safe."
     
The number of police calls to this Heatherton Drive neighborhood have steadily been increasing over the last couple of months. Whether it's harassment, home invasion, or domestic violence, police responded to the area more than 100 times during the month of October. That's up from 78 calls to the neighborhood in September and 45 calls in August.
     
Davenport Police are constantly patrolling as part of their crime prevention program. While neighbors appreciate the extra attention, criminal activity here seems to be unavoidable.

"Stuff still is slipping through the cracks, I don't know," said Rasha Martinez, a Heatherton Drive resident. "They're doing a good job out here but, like I said, could be people from another neighborhood. We don't know these people doing this stuff but I do know crime has been happening here and it's been happening a lot lately."

Residents also say that some landlords in the neighborhood have started taking more safety precautions. Even setting up security cameras so they can keep tabs on who goes in and who comes out.

 

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