Batavia Residents React To Neighborhood Stabbing Incident

Locals became uneasy at the news, but at least one neighbor still feels safe in the area.

Batavia residents were shocked to hear of Sunday's stabbing incident on the city's west side.

Word traveled fast across social media and the Internet once police announced that they found two men with multiple stab wounds in a home early Sunday morning on the first block of North Van Nortwick Avenue. No charges were announced Sunday afternoon and no further information was released for the day.

Although police emphasized that it was an isolated incident, some comments were filled with worry on Facebook:

Lee Ann Anderson: "What the heck is wrong in this area. Seems Batavia (has) more killing, stabbing so sad"

Jill Harder: "Yikes!!"

Aaron Hollen: "I just can't believe it's happening in Batavia. Used to hear about it in towns like Aurora or Chicago."

Melissa Hayes-Murphy: "I have to be honest, this makes me a little uncomfortable."

The residents that lived right next door to the home were less forthcoming. One couple declined to comment as they said they were temporarily staying in the area. Another man returning home Sunday afternoon declined to talk to a Patch reporter.

"I've Never Had Any Issues"

While some residents are discouraged about how this represents the city, others remain calm even though they live across the street from the crime scene.

Dan Ruschke moved his family to Batavia in 1993. He's had one child grow up in the neighborhood and go onto college, and another one currently in middle school.

"I've never had any issues ... it's busy," he said, noting that his driveway empties out onto Wilson Street. "It’s not like we're isolated somewhere. If you’re doing something suspicious, it’s probably not the place you want to do it."

Ruschke was surprised to hear that this was the fourth stabbing incident in Batavia this year, but he nonetheless feels safe.

"Like the police said, I do think this is isolated," he said.

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R G November 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Multiple stab wounds mean it was personal. No one should be worried.
Jill K. Amoni November 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Aurora is the safe haven...no murders at all this year! If you've been sleeping and didn't notice, Aurora's crime stats are below the state's stats and below the national stats now...A lot of good police work sent a strong signal to criminals that they are not at all welcome in our beautiful city! We are now one of the safest cities in America for our size!!
Jon Azavedo November 05, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Hey, Jill K. Amoni, why not identify yourself as a Realtor with listings in Aurora! Did you go to the Obama school of spin? No one from Batavia should EVER give this shill or her company any business!
concerned citizen November 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Barbara police are not advanced as aurora and don't not have different ethnicity in police department which i think something is wrong there
concerned citizen November 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I mean batavia
WMD November 06, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Batavia is a total poop hole, and yes I live here. I agree with the above that other towns have better police staff. What you have is a bunch of poorly trained cops running around pulling people over for petty crap on Randall. The police department is as lily white as possible and not representative of the city. They love to drive around and pretend how tough patrolmen they are but are to chicken !$&! to work in other crime ridden cities. A long time ago god took a big dump and people gathered and called it Batavia.
Jon Azavedo November 06, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I had coffee this morning, and took a huge WMD.
concerned citizen November 07, 2012 at 01:38 AM
WMD you are right.I live in batavia also and know that the police dont representative of the city. But they need to hire others not just lily white. Thats all i see when i see a cop. Something is wrong there. None of surronding cities are like that.
concerned citizen November 07, 2012 at 01:40 AM
bob November 07, 2012 at 01:40 AM


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