Austin man, infant face intruder in their own home
A burglar broke into a North Austin home while a man and his baby were inside. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the North Shoal Creek neighborhood.
Jameson Shaw works from home with his ten-month-old son, Tanner, by his side. However, this week they both experienced a first, that's hopefully a last.
"Tanner was on the ground. I was standing by our fireplace, and someone just burst through the backdoor," explains Shaw. "I turned to them and I said, 'Hi?' and they looked really surprised and I asked if I could help and they just sort of looked at me and said, 'crank call,' and ran back out the door,'" Shaw says.
At first he thought it was the neighbor's contractor making an innocent mistake.
"You kind of just freeze up for a second and I was sort of hoping for the best -- that it was somebody in the wrong place incidentally. I didn't even really process that this was someone trying to get into our house until they were gone," Shaw recalls.
Austin Police say it's a tactic used often. "We do have a lot of burglars that just check doors and just check windows, and if they find something unsecured they will target that residence," says Austin Police Department Sgt. Matthew Sanders.
While the department does see slightly more break-ins in the summer, city-wide home burglaries are down 17 percent in 2017. Between January 1 and June 28 police say 1,268 home burglaries have been reported. Sanders credits a new property crimes task force and expedited fingerprint analysis with the decline in crime.
"We're able to issue warrants on burglars earlier in the process before they commit multiple burglaries," Sanders says.
Shaw says he is unsettled that the intruder hopped over their locked backyard gate to get in the backyard and that the security warnings posted outside of the home didn't deter the man from coming inside, but he's thankful the whole thing ended as quickly as it began.
Shaw says the suspect is a Hispanic male with a medium build an approximately 25-35 years old. He was wearing sunglasses and had two-toned yellow and beige work gloves with him. Shaw believes he came to their home in a red sedan.
Aside from the obvious -- like locking your doors and not leaving keys and garage door openers in your car -- APD wants to remind summer travelers not to post about their out-of-town trips on social media until they're already back home.