This story was updated at 6:44 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, with more information.
Kimberly West, one of the property managers arrested last week for allegedly hoarding tornado relief supplies for the Auburn Hills mobile home park, has been arrested a second time for alleged coercion of tenants.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office arrested West at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. She was being booked at the Hamilton County Jail on two felony counts of coercion of a witness.
West and her co-manager, Steve West, were arrested last week and charged with theft over $60,000 and criminal conspiracy to commit theft over $60,000. Their bonds were set at $10,000 each.
Kimberly West's new charges stem from "actions taken by [her] concerning trailer park tenants after being released on the original charges," according to a sheriff's office news release.
Attempts to reach Kimberly West or Steven West were unsuccessful.
Last week, investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office seized more than $60,000 in donations ranging from 54 Red Cross totes to an unopened generator that was meant for the residents of the park, many of whom were displaced after Easter Sunday's EF3 tornado that claimed the life of one of their own.
Over the past two weeks, the Times Free Press spoke to several of those people, all of whom expressed concern about how management was handling recovery from the tornado and none agreed to identify themselves citing fear over their immigration status or retaliation from the management.
Tuesday's arrest came after detectives conducted interviews with residents for the ongoing investigation into the Wests withholding donated supplies from storm victims, according to court documents obtained by the Times Free Press.
In one interview, a married couple told detectives that Kim West had told them on the morning of her original arrest that they needed to stay in a hotel that was being provided by the owners of the park while their home was repaired from storm damage, but that she would not provide them with the hotel unless they agreed to sign a document stating that the Wests had provided them with aid after the storm.
When the residents refused to sign the document, Kim West allegedly threatened to evict them if they did not sign it.
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