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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
A community in rural Marshall County wants help solving a rampant crime problem. Many people in the Rock Springs community say the problem has been ongoing for more than a decade, and it's primarily because of one person who hasn't even turned 18 yet.
Residents feel this teenager is a one man wrecking crew and the juvenile justice system is a disaster. They're hoping something can be done before something tragic happens.
"It seems to me the community has had enough of it tonight," said Neal Walker.
Nearly 100 residents living just outside of Albertville gathered to speak to area law enforcement, prosecutors, and public officials about an ongoing crime problem in their area.
"We've had an alarm system for a while and it's bad when you're at home and you feel like you have to have it on," said Walker.
For many of these residents, the source of the problem is 17-year-old Kevin Tyler Johnson.
"There's not a person in this room that he hasn't stolen from," said Sue Whitman.
Residents say Johnson began a life of crime more than a decade ago at the age of seven. But after many years, Johnson is now charged as an adult for a home invasion.
Walker says Johnson entered his home around 2 a.m. one morning, and then boldly showed off his theft online.
"The next day it was on Facebook with his hand there and still had the band from getting out of jail," said Walker.
Residents are pleading with their public officials to do something.
"I'd like to see him become a Christian and start being a decent human being, but that's not going to happen," said Whitman.
Johnson faces charges related to the home invasion.