Peeping Tom has NW Harris County women arming themselves

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - Residents in a northwest Harris County apartment complex are so afraid and upset they called a community meeting Tuesday evening to discuss their concerns.

It came after the latest security incident at the Providence at Champions Apartments on FM 1960 near Champions Forest. Several women say they spotted a peeping tom looking into windows.

"He could have a gun, he could have a knife, I don't know what he's going to do," said resident Cierria Nash, one of the women who saw the creeper. "I mean it was scary. It was really scary to me."

Those most concerned are the female residents who leave for work and school in the dark of the early morning. Some so concerned -- they've started to carry weapons to try to protect themselves.

"It's scary to know that I go to work at 5:30 in the morning," said one woman who was too afraid to give her identity. "I have to walk in this parking lot to get to my car at 5:30 in the morning when sometimes the lights are not working, and I have to carry a knife with me."

Crime reports show that in the last 60 days the complex and surrounding neighborhoods have had 25 reported crimes -- including eight breaking and entering, eight thefts of or from a vehicle, one assault, and one sexual assault.

Residents showed Local 2 a letter in which apartment management informed them about the sexual assault. They're frustrated and claim managers aren't responding to their concerns and authorities aren't responding quickly enough.

"Something happened and we really need to get together," says Nash. If we see it, you know, maybe somebody can do something about it."

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