Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)By Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Several arrests, a few guns taken off the streets, and an armed robbery.

That’s the summary of the first day of hot-spot policing in north St. Louis’ Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood.

Within 12 hours of the roll-out of the effort to bring peace to the neighborhood that’s seen at least 8 murders and several shootings in recent months, police had made 12 arrests and confiscated 4 guns.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says that in many cases officers knew who they were looking for.

“When we have a system that continually puts these people back out on the street without an outcome to their case, the police department is the only one left to go out and collect them and return them to the court system,” he says.

Alderman Jeffrey Boyd says the police also gave the residents some hope.

“Finally, we have some attention being given to our neighborhood,” he says. “Maybe crime will go down, and so people will start to feel a little safer. And again some of the bad people will move elsewhere or modify their behavior in a way that’s acceptable to our community.”

Meanwhile, despite the heavy police presence, four masked gunman robbed a man at his apartment on Goodfellow Place early this morning.

Police tell KMOX they forced him inside where his mother watched as they pistol whipped him during a struggle. They took his cell phone and car.

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