Ansonia Complex, Scene of Crime and Crime Again

Two women have been killed there in the last two months

A woman was shot and killed outside Ansonia’s Olson Drive Wednesday morning.

Last month, Jennifer Lewis, 22, was stabbed to death at the Riverside Apartments on Olson Drive. Tiffany Perry, 26, of Olson Drive, was charged and police added patrols. 

These two women are the two latest homicide victims at a public housing complex that went up in the 60s and has been a murder scene far too many times.

In 2002, Damontis Johnson, a star Ansonia football player, was shot and killed in the courtyard in 2002, the New York Times reported. It was the night before a big game and the town was reeling.

In 2005, Terrance Ham, who was shot repeatedly there in front of several children and died, the New Haven Register reports. The shooter, Mack Jones Jr., is serving a 30-year prison term for Ham’s death.

In 2006, Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe said he’d get rid of the public housing complex and planned to ask taxpayers for money to tear them down, the Post reports. The idea did not sit well with residents.

More than 100 families live in the complex and are well aware that it’s become a have for addicts and recreational users to score drugs, the Connecticut Post reported last month. 

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