BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Some Baton Rouge residents are concerned for the safety of their quiet neighborhood after a teenager was arrested for kicking down doors in the Sherwood Manor neighborhood.
Pastor Evonne Dunn said her front door was kicked opened and the interior sides of the doorframe are completely ruined. She is shocked someone would do this right before the holiday.
“I felt violated,” Dunn said.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested a 14-year-old for kicking in doors of residences in the Sherwood Forest area. Multiple security cameras recorded the teen running up to doors to kick them in and leaving.
“My husband is actually going through recovery for open-heart surgery and I was actually in my office editing. Before I knew it, it sounded like a car was hitting our house,” said Dunn.
Pastor Dunn believes the crime was done because of a new social media trend on TikTok. People are making videos of themselves kicking in doors, like a more destructive ding dong ditch.
Shameka Barnes has been living in the Sherwood Manor neighborhood for eight years. Barnes was shocked after hearing a 14-year-old was arrested. This incident has sparked conversations with her 10-year-old about the difference between social media and reality.
“I was like, ‘oh my goodness’ because things like that don’t happen in our neighborhood,” said Barnes. “To hear something like this, it was more disturbing because you’re like, ‘wait a minute, it’s getting ready to be the holiday season.'”
Dunn is now upping her security system. She forgives the teenager and just wants the youth to do better.
“Make sure you know how to not only respect yourself but respect other people,” she said.
The juvenile was arrested and charged with three counts of simple criminal damage to property.