Shooting Incident on May 24, 2019 – Letter from Property Owners
June 10, 2019
Lakemoor Hills HOA
Emergency Response Team Security Subgroup
RE: Meeting regarding shooting incident at 2641 Lynbrulee Lane, Knoxville, TN on May 24, 2019
Present: Mike Parker, John Haynes, Buz Copeland
Homeowners: Aaron Maness & Angela James Maness
Greetings to the Lakemoor Hills HOA!
At the request of the above mentioned representatives of the Lakemoor Hills Security team my husband and I want to address the recent incident at our home, but first we want to let you know that you are represented well by your security team. We are pleased at the way these gentlemen have interacted with us from the very start with John Haynes being the initiator and the contact person for us. We are also pleased at the way they have communicated to the association members, relevant and more accurate information regarding the incident. As you can imagine there was and to some degree probably still is a lot of misinformation, so let us give you facts as we know them and let us also state that our position on this matter is that we are still waiting on the conclusion of the active investigation.
We are actively engaged in this matter on EVERY level because we love the neighborhood and have plans to return there, so the reputation of the neighborhood is of the utmost importance to us. We will not tolerate the sale of any illicit products or activity at our home and will not allow the occupancy of anyone engaged in such behavior for obvious reasons and most notably because of the unwanted element it would draw to the neighborhood. With that being said, let us say that we do not believe that drugs are being sold in or through any outlet connected to the house.
The house is leased through Tenant’s Choice to an engaged couple with a child, not a single individual. As the initial purchaser of the home I have been pleased with their screening process over the years and have not had reason to question their process of background checks. The young couple comes from large families and are embarking on building a new life together. She is a nurse. He is a student and entrepreneur with a Food Truck. These businesses are one of the fastest growing industries and generate a large amount of revenue. Cities all over the country are embracing these businesses as excellent sources of tax revenue to the city’s bottom line and revenue stream. Based on what I know personally about this industry I know that the criminally minded might see the operator as a robbery opportunity. We believe this to be the case.
The intruder did not expect anyone to be at the house on one of their busiest selling days. Opportunity. The male monitoring his home from the food truck saw suspicious activity when his alarm went off. HE was the first to call the police. After watching his videos and listening to police conversation I believe they came with a preconceived theory of what was taking place. Based on arbitrary statements made, but not evidence supported, they began their investigation. We are happy that the response of the police was overwhelming and that this situation has gained the level of investigation that it has. It sends a strong message to criminals and to the neighborhood; that criminals are not welcomed and action will be taken.
It is in the interest of everyone involved to engage in careful communication. Some information I have heard and received are pure fabrications; other communication is worded to be intentionally misleading, causing unnecessary apprehension and fear. This hurts us all. It devalues the neighborhood and potential property values.
My husband and I will continue to work with the HOA’s outstanding security team, legal representation, the tenants and the police to insure the best outcome for us all. While we do not support the total response of the female to the burglary attempt, we do support the couple’s right to life, home and property protection. Would we have handled it differently? Probably yes, but it is hard to know. I am not a millennial. I am older and wiser and not in imminent fear of my life or the life of my baby.
Let’s all wait for the final factual report and if you can, please support them until you know you have a reason not to.
Original Sent by:
Angela James Maness on behalf of
Aaron & Angela Maness: Property Owners