Homeowners in East Austin want answers after windows in three different homes shot out
Homeowners in East Austin want answers after windows in three different homes were shot out. One home on East 12th Street has been hit twice in one week.
Austin Stowell said this all started last Monday, May 7. He and his wife were woken up at 2:30 a.m. when the window on the right side of their home was shot out.
After talking to neighbors he learned they weren't the only victims. "The next day we found out via talking to our neighbors they also hit two houses over on Navasota Street in the middle of the night. Same size windows," Stowell said.
They thought it was just a rare one-time occurrence until it happened exactly a week later at the same time. "I still don't know why they're driving around the middle of the night shooting people's windows out when folks have kids asleep at home," Stowell said.
It's caused thousands of dollars in damage, but now the homeowners are growing concerned for their safety. "I think ultimately any family member's safety is going to be the primary issue of concern," Stowell said.
From their bedroom is a clear shot of the top of the Texas Capitol. That view has now been shattered and the area where their kids play outside is littered with glass. "The kids can't be outside. We will have to go through and actually replace all of the gravel out here too because they can't walk around in it anymore. So it's not just a window, it's more of a combination of the fact that your kids can't safely use your yard, so needless to say it's frustrating," Stowell said.
Of the two other homes on Navasota Street that had their windows shot out, APD confirms one of those homeowners filed a criminal mischief report.
"Property damage between us and our neighbors exceeds $10,000," Stowell said.
One neighbor captured surveillance video on May 7, the first time it happened. It shows a four-door white sedan driving down Waller Street around the same time three homes were hit. "Obviously this is some sort of concerted effort to damage properties in the area and we are trying to get to the bottom of who it is," Stowell said.
That same car was seen again turning onto Waller Street from East 12th Street just minutes after Stowell's second window was shot out.
The family is frustrated they haven't been able to talk to a detective yet. "Already we've been attacked a second time so I would like to see some level of prioritization on this considering it's a repeat attack," Stowell said.
Stowell reached out to Chief Brian Manley on Twitter Monday morning. Manley responded and told Stowell to email him a phone number so that someone can call him directly.
A police department spokesperson said it takes a few days for a detective to be assigned, and officers are now doing targeted patrols in this area around the time the crimes are happening.