Update from the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office:
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested by Precinct One Deputies following a crime spree over the course of at least nine days in the Heights.
A series of recent BB gun incidents around the Heights has some residents unnerved and concerned for the safety of their neighbors.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Sunset Heights resident Andy Noel said his wife was walking downstairs when she heard a pop following by the shattering of glass. And sure enough, upon observation, the couple’s front door had been shattered in a multitude of pieces by what appeared to be a bullet coming from a BB gun.
“As we looked and realized there was some sort of bullet hole in it, we also looked around our bay window, and saw another hole,” Noel told The Leader.
The Noels would later find out there were two other incidents just like theirs on their street that very same night. Further, as Noel prepared to begin a thread on NextDoor warning the neighborhood, he discovered a jarring trend.
“You just began to find a bunch of activity on this topic, and got inundated with it,” he said.
In addition to the three which occurred the night of Aug, 18, the thread documented apparent incidents on Aug. 20, then another on Aug. 23 Another incident happened Aug. 25, when someone got their windows shot out.
Incidents have ranged all around the Heights area, according to the thread. The Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office said it has received 10 reports of criminal mischief around the Heights from Aug. 16-27.
A spokesperson for Precinct 1 confirmed an incident Aug. 18 in the 2000 block of Columbia Street, another on Aug. 20 (where a second-story window was shattered by a BB shot), and an Aug. 23 report of 2 vehicles’ windshields cracked by an apparent BB shot in the 2200 block of Columbia. And the trend remains alarming to Noel.
“It was just a growing number as you went along,” he said. “Collectively, it’s a lot of damage.”
Property damage aside, Noel also fears for the safety of his neighbors – some of whom have also been victimized – along with any person out and about if the perpetrators are not caught soon.
“They’re doing a lot of damage. It’s just nuts. If they’re not careful, we’ve got a lot of kids in our neighborhood, people walking up and down the streets,” he said. “They could hit some people too – that’s my main concern.
It’s just a dreaded sense that these people are going to come down the street again – it’s just extremely frustrating to see someone be able to get away with this kind of thing.”