Residents in one Portland neighborhood are outraged that a suspect in a recent brutal attack on an elderly woman has been allowed to stay home under house arrest.
The attack happened in June. The 16-year old suspect is accused of breaking into a home in the 200 block of Terlingua Drive and stabbing a 70-year old woman while she was sleeping. Police followed the trail of blood to the suspect's nearby home.
As the suspect was being arrested, the gun of a Portland Police officer accidentally discharged, hitting the teen in the leg. That teen is now under house arrest to rehabilitate his injured leg.
"I am uncomfortable when I am here alone, when I wasn't before," said one resident in that neighborhood.
Residents near the bayside neighborhood in Portland used to consider their part of town peaceful. Now, the only thing separating the suspect in the case and the alleged victim is a backyard and a fence.
"He was right in back of her house, basically," neighbor Patricia LeBarrion said. "We understand he was injured. They didn't want to keep him incarcerated. He could be cared for better at home. At what point is he able to get up and get out?"
"His conditions, or where any particular juvenile might be, is not something we can talk to you about," San Patricio County Attorney David Akin said.
Residents are just worried and taking necessary precautions to protect themselves and their homes.
"We even put on a new front door, and we have protection in the house and we weren't concerned about before," resident Laura Adams said.
According to neighbors, the victim is not currently living at her home, and is instead staying with family members out of town.
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