(MOBILE, Ala) A group home for adults became a crime scene Wednesday night, the site where one resident stabbed another to death, police said. According to a Mobile Police spokesperson, detectives had detained the man they thought was responsible. The victim has been identified as Derrick Wood, 32.
"It's not going to be clear what, if any, charges are going to be filed," Mobile Police Cpl. Chris Levy said.
The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at the end of Country Wood Court, he said. What some would see as another sad case of one person taking another person's life, came as no surprise to people who live near the group home.
"Nope don't surprise me at all," Rick Finney said from his driveway on it's just a wonder it ain't these neighbors around here." He said residents of the home have been a problem for a long time, adding he's called police 15 times in the past year to report residents wandering onto neighbors' property. Both his brother and sister have already moved away from the neighborhood.
"They almost broke into her house in the kids' bedroom window and that scared them," Finney said, "They walk up to my door so much, i try to make them think I'm crazier than they are."
Finney said he took his concerns to the offices of Altapointe, the company that runs the home, but claims nothing has changed.
When it comes to safety and security for staff, residents and the public, Altapointe spokesperson Carol Mann said by phone Wednesday night, "Staff is on site 24 hours a day," adding "there were a lot of calls to police when younger patients were there," but said, she "Was not aware of any problems since the adults moved in."