Posted: May 25, 2012 5:22 PM
EDINBURG- A woman in Edinburg is packing up and moving out after learning her new apartment was an old crime scene.
The woman told CHANNEL 5 NEWS she moved in to her apartment complex two months ago. Last month, burglars broke in and took most of her belongings. After the robbery, she asked a neighbor if crime is a problem in the neighborhood, she wasn't prepared for the answer.
"My neighbor told me about it. She asked me if the office manager told me about the murder. I said no."
In October 2010, in the same apartment a home invasion escalated into a gunfight. A 36-year-old man was killed in the shootout.
The woman feels the manager should of disclosed the information. She says if she knew the previous crimes, she would have never moved in.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS went to Blue Mountain Development, the company that owns the apartments. The owner wasn't working and didn't return our messages. We called the manager who leases these apartment.
"Of course I knew about that." said Perales.
Mary Perales admits she didn't tell new tenants about the murder. She asked us if she had to. We dug digger, turnout she doesn't.
State law does not require landlords to disclose that information. They cannot lie about it, if asked.
The woman we talked to says she won't bother asking. She's moving out and willing to break her lease and pay thousands of dollars to leave this old crime scene behind.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS found out the crime problem at those apartments is well documented. We pulled police reports for that address.
Cops responded to more than 40 calls there since the murder in October 2010. They investigated 10 of those calls ranging from burglary to assault to a terrorist threat.