Police: 5 more homeless people relocated from Civic Center Garage

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County agencies were able to relocate five more homeless people Tuesday in the effort to clear out the Civic Center Garage in Downtown Rochester.

The effort started Monday night when five people were relocated and one suspect in previous crimes that happened in the garage was taken into custody.

As of Tuesday night, a total of 10 people have been relocated from the garage. Lt. Greg Bello said three people were placed into housing services and the remaining two were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for mental health and/or substance abuse treatment.

Lt. Bello said there were no arrests Tuesday night.

The detail involves members of the Rochester Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team along with members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Team, Monroe County Public Safety, Monroe County IMPACT, Monroe County Department of Human Services, FIT, Veteran Outreach Services, MAPCO, AMR, and other county agencies. Lt. Bello said it will continue throughout the night and days ahead.

It comes amid an uptick in violence in the garage, including a fight that escalated to the point where police say one man tried to light another on fire and a violent attack where a homeless man beat a father with a hockey stick in front of his wife and child.