While Houston has welcomed thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims, the relocation of those evacuees to this city has generated an undercurrent of trepidation, says the Houston Chronicle. On Saturday, a woman asked the Chronicle if the Houston Astros game had been canceled because downtown was unsafe. A man reported that a his friend had been raped “by those dirty pieces of filth”at the Astrodome where she had gone to help distribute food.
Houston police officials and evacuees at the Astrodome were adamant that, despite the rumors, there is no crime epidemic at any of the relocation centers. Police Capt. John Anderson said that, with the exception of a couple fights, there have been no arrests for violent crime at any of the facilities. One story circulating among both the police and the public is that Louisiana prisoners were allowed to board some of the Houston-bound evacuation buses and now are among the victims being housed here. The Louisiana State Police denies that report.