In response to two serious crimes that occurred this past weekend, The City of Frederick is working to reassure residents of their safety and will be hosting a community meeting next week to share available information with residents and hear their concerns.
The City is partnering with the Mountain City Elks Lodge #382 to hold a community meeting Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, at 173 W. All Saints Street.
Representatives from both the Office of the Mayor and the Frederick Police Department, and County Council Vice President Kavonte Duckett will attend the meeting to hear resident concerns and assure them of their safety.
Mayor Michael O’Connor has issued the following statement related to the fatal stabbing and the shooting that left one person injured over the weekend.
"I share the concerns and the sadness of our residents from the tragic and senseless violence that occurred this past weekend, the unnecessary loss of a human life, and its impact on the victims' family, friends, and these neighborhoods. It has no place in our community and is unacceptable," Mayor O'Connor said. "Our police officers and detectives are working around the clock to bring those responsible for this violence to justice and I have full confidence they will do so as quickly as possible. We cannot allow violence to become an acceptable norm in our City and I will do everything in my power to ensure that it does not. The day-to-day safety of our residents, businesses, and visitors remains our top priority."
Chief of Police Jason Lando reiterated his department’s commitment to maintaining the safety of all residents.
"As a city with a reputation for low violent crime, incidents like those we experienced this weekend create concern among Frederick residents,” Chief Lando said. “The Frederick Police Department takes great pride in its efforts to maintain a safe community for all. We are dedicating significant resources to finding those responsible for both of these incidents and I am confident we will have more information to share in the coming days. As our detectives continue to work around the clock to solve these recent crimes, I encourage any residents who may have information related to either incident to please contact the Frederick Police Department and share it with our detectives."
The Frederick Police Department continues to actively investigate these incidents and is asking anyone with information to contact the Frederick Police Department’s Crime Tip Lines at 301-600-TIPS (8477), via text message at 240-674-TIPS (8477), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.