CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Just weeks ago, a 51-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on Valentine’s Day inside the parking garage at 630 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland.
Cleveland 19 took a second walk through the garage to see if managers had made any changes there.
The general consensus was people don’t feel safe in the garage, period.
“After you guys interviewed me, I bought myself some pepper spray and a taser,” Amaka Uwagba said.
Since we last spoke with Uwagba in February, she still looks over her shoulder as she walks in and out of the parking garage daily.
At the time, Cleveland 19 questioned the managers about its safety. A spokesperson issued a statement saying in part,"We have enhanced security at that garage and we are in the process of further evaluating the security there and at other garages that we manage in the surrounding area."
Cleveland 19 asked people who use the garage daily, “Has anything changed here?” Uwagba said, “I wouldn’t even call him security, but someone standing outside to make people feel safe.”
Uwagba said the man was only there for one day.
“A lot of improvements could be made. The elevator has been out for a while. I mean the lighting, they just fixed it now. It’s been out for a couple of weeks now,” said Vince Tromba.
Cleveland 19 walked up a few levels and noticed those lights were fixed, but regulars said that’s not nearly enough.
At the very least, they want surveillance cameras. “I would think changes would be made in like a week max, but three weeks is enough time and who knows if they’re really going to make these changes,” said Uwagba.
Cleveland 19 reached out to the garage management again to check on their timeline for these safety improvements. We haven’t heard back yet.