Homeowners say serial ‘peeping Tom’ is neighbor, want him arrested

HOUSTON – Homeowners in one south Houston neighborhood say they are fed up with a serial peeper who they say also lives in their subdivision.

Residents of City Oaks, located off 288 South and West Orem Roads, said the most recent incident happened May 16 around 10 p.m.

One homeowner, who asked that we not use his name, told KPRC 2 his wife spotted the man lingering in their backyard.

“I see him standing there by our kitchen window, at this point, I’m like ‘Hey, hey!’ and I have the gun in my hand,” he said.

Surveillance video appears to show the man peering into windows, before jumping over a fence as the homeowner chases after him.

KPRC 2 is not showing the man’s face because he is not currently charged with a crime.

That couple shared their experience to the community’s Facebook page and a flood of responses poured in with people detailing their own encounters with the man -- even posting their own surveillance images.

“Multiple people started saying ‘Oh yeah, that’s the neighborhood peeping Tom.’ I’m like, ‘Neighborhood peeping Tom? What do y’all mean neighborhood peeping Tom?’ Everybody gave us his address, everybody knew exactly who this dude was,” the homeowner said.

Police reports have been filed with the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Precinct 7 Constable’s office, which has a security contract with the neighborhood.

“How is this possible, because we pay for security? We pay for police to patrol our area so I guess we don’t need to be paying them then,” said homeowner Mo Penns.

A spokesperson for HPD told KPRC 2, officers who responded Sunday night knocked on the door of a home believed to be that of the suspected peeper, but no one answered the door.

“It frustrates me because it doesn’t make me feel comfortable that this dude is living across the water from me and there’s nothing being done. He should be in jail,” one homeowner said.

HPD has yet to positively confirm the identity of the man in the surveillance videos but said the Harris County District Attorney’s office would likely accept criminal trespass charges once the investigation was complete.

A spokesperson for Harris County Precinct 7 Constable’s Office said they would increase patrols in the area and encourage residents to immediately report suspicious activity.

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