Northeast El Paso residents say they recognize man caught on viral surveillance video

El Paso News

Northeast neighbors are on edge after that video shared so many times of a man trying to break into a Northeast El Paso home. 

As KTSM previously reported, that home is on the 5000 block of Colin Powell in Northeast El Paso where a woman, Tabitha Satchura, shared surviellance footage onto Facebook showing a man attempting to enter her home with her young daughter inside.

After seeing the reports and Facebook post, multiple neighbors in the 8000 block of Mt. Ranier said they recognize the man because he also attempted to enter their homes two weeks prior.

“He took off running to my neighbor and she was at the door and he tried to pull her door open,” a concerned resident who preferred to stay anonymous, said.

The resident said he was wearing the same clothing as he was in the surveillance video. They said he appeared to be running from someone and said he needed to use the phone. 

Satchura said she is shocked to hear that this is happening to others by possibly the same person. She says she is thankful she had a home security system recently installed to catch the footage.

“If you don’t have a camera pointed in the right spot you just don’t know who’s sitting there looking,” Satchura said.

Satchura said she checked the surveillance footage out of curiosity but after the incident she set up alerts to directly notify her when the systems detects movement.

“Anytime you get near the perimeter that is covered my phone now alerts me everytime I dont even care if it’s the wind,” Satchura said.

The other Northeast residents say they once felt safe in their neighborhood but now say they need to invest in security systems. 

“We’ve been here 45 years, we’ve never had to lock the doors. The neighbor used to leave her keys in the car, never had a problem and you know it seems we need to get more security as more things are happening,” the resident said.

After seeing other Northeast residents say they experienced the same thing, Satchura says she’s relying on the support of her neighbors and her doorbell camera to help identify the man. 

“It also helps with neighbors so if somebody else gets broken into like the cop said maybe you can get a vehicle passing and ever since it happened I’ve actually been watching every single night to see if I can see the guy just walking down the street to see if he’s a neighbor or something,” Satchura said.

Satchura said she was advised by police to report it  through the non-emergency number but was met with delays. The other resident said they also called police through the non-emergency number and police did show up a couple hours later to patrol but the suspect was gone by then.

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