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Security concerns for Ocean Beach Holiday Parade amid attacks

Recent attacks involving homeless has some individuals involved about security throughout the annual Ocean Beach vacation parade.

SAN DIEGO — The Ocean Beach vacation parade is that this weekend however with current violence involving homeless individuals, some fear about safety on the annual occasion.

Surveillance video of a person attacked by a reported homeless individual in entrance of Hodad’s on Newport Avenue final week has outraged the Ocean Beach neighborhood.

“The scourge of homeless people, especially violent people have been proliferating,” mentioned Woody Boethel, current sufferer.

Jonny Poehlman owns Sunset Garage on Bacon Street and says he has additionally been attacked.

Another lady despatched CBS 8 a message detailing a traumatic story of being pushed to the bottom by a few homeless individuals round Halloween within the Hodad’s car parking zone.

“These are young punks,” mentioned Denny Knox, Ocean Beach Main Street Association Executive Director.

She’s been round since homeless have been drawback within the OB within the 60’s.

“It’s at the pinnacle moment,” mentioned Knox.

Police haven’t arrested the suspects in final week’s assault.

There’s the Ocean Beach holiday parade on Saturday hosted by the OB Town Council and hundreds of households and their youngsters plan to attend.

“We work really closely with the city to establish a security plan, and all of that is in place at this point,” mentioned Corey Bruins, OB Town Council President.

CBS 8 reached out to San Diego Police, a spokesperson says they’re rising patrols as a result of it is a big occasion not due to the current attacks.

“In my time here for six years, we haven’t had any major incidents at the parade so we’re grateful for that and expecting that this year,” mentioned Bruins.

As CBS 8 gathered details about safety for the Ocean Beach parade we seen there weren’t almost as many homeless on the wall by the pier or loitering in parking tons or on sidewalks.

“It wasn’t empty last night,” mentioned Knox. “I hesitate to guess but I’m sure I know.”

Some locals suspect town got here in Thursday morning and moved the homeless earlier than the OB Holiday parade on Saturday. The metropolis did one thing round Petco Park throughout the 2022 Padres playoffs.

The metropolis has not returned our request for remark.

“This community needs a little rest from the constancy of bad behavior,” mentioned Knox.

She hopes the enjoyment of the parade shouldn’t be overshadowed by the worry of violence.

“I hope people are looking and saying isn’t it so much better when we’ve got some controls down here and I know coming from Ocean Beach you usually don’t hear that, but I think the consensus here is people want to see are police around walking patrols they want to have it more of a community effort,” mentioned Knox.

Members on Ocean Beach neighborhood pages posted about requesting extra police patrols.

Police wrote in an announcement, “SDPD has received emails requesting extra patrol in Ocean Beach. Officers provide extra patrols in the area when they are not answering radio calls.”

Police are encouraging those that in case you are a sufferer, otherwise you witness a criminal offense to report it to police instantly.

WATCH RELATED: Ocean Beach neighborhood involved with SDPD’s response amid homeless acts of violence (Nov. 2022).


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