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RIDE-ALONG: Cleveland police increase patrols after deadly triple stabbing

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Police are ramping up patrols in a Cleveland apartment complex after two mothers were stabbed to death inside one of the units two weeks ago.

Residents Crystal York, 35, and Crystal Canino, 33, were murdered. Another man, Anthony Beck, was critically injured. The suspect, Stephen Jacob Reed, 24, remains behind bars on $500,000 bond.

READ MORE | Two dead in Cleveland triple-stabbing, suspect arrested

Springbrook Apartments is a hot spot for 911 calls. Channel 3 tagged along as officers made their presence known, hoping to help cut the crime.

"We've got some children without parents. It's a sad situation," said Sgt. Evie West.

When Cleveland Police returned to the complex on Friday night, they weren't called there for any crime. Eyewitness News followed officers during a special operation to "saturate" the neighborhood.

"Just going real slow through here," West said from behind the wheel. "Being available if someone says hey, we stop and talk to them."

One night each month, extra officers hit the streets throughout the city, focusing on areas with recent complaints.

"With this police presence, your hope is to deter (crime)," said West.

Police are called to this complex hundreds of times per year.

Since the double homicide, some residents have asked for extra patrols.

"It just kind of brought the attention to the neighbors that this is a problem," said West. "This is definitely something you need to speak up and report."

West stopped to talk to kids and neighbors inside Springbrook.

"When you go out there and you talk to the residents, they all know everyone that was involved (in the stabbing). They know there was criminal activity going on, and they're all very open about it now," she said. "But unfortunately, it cost two people their lives."

CPD's goal is to build trust with the community and work with them to make it a safer place.

"So they can feel comfortable enough to call and let us know: This is what's going on. This is where it's happening," said West. "So that hopefully in the future, something like this can be prevented."

If you see or suspect crime in your neighborhood, call Cleveland Police at (423) 476-7511 or you can message them on Facebook. Tips can remain confidential.

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