‘Outraged’: Northwest Austin couple seeks help identifying person who shot at their home

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It was a sleepless Thursday night for Michael and Melinda Bogdanovich, after gunshots tore through their northwest Austin home off Yaupon Drive.

“Missed her by … that much,” said Michael of his wife, who was sitting on the living room couch when bullets entered through the front of the home.

“It was kind of scary,” said Melinda.

They are working with police but are now asking for help identifying the suspect.

“I’ve been sleeping in clothes, with my shoes right beside my bed,” said Michael.

The couple bought their home 28 years ago and said they’ve been terrorized for over a year now. They believe it’s the same suspect who fired shots on Thursday.

It started on election day last November, with a bullet through their garage.

“And then we had nothing happen for six months. Then, someone in the middle of the night came with a hammer,” said Michael.

The family has pictures of broken glass from that incident, which happened in May, on another election day.

They said they’ve been attacked a total of six times now and have the suspect on camera for multiple incidents but can’t make out details. They said they’ve reported each incident to the police.

Austin police confirm with KXAN they are investigating the latest incident, but no arrests have been made.

Over the past year, the Bogdanovich family has updated their security cameras, added motion-sensored lights, a fence around their patio and has even tied fishing lines across their driveway and lawn to stop the suspect from getting close to their home.

But when the attacks escalated Thursday night, they decided to take their story public, posting the surveillance footage on Nextdoor and Facebook and asking for anyone with details to come forward.

“Actually, I did hear the gunshots. I can clearly tell it’s gunshots,” one neighbor who lives nearby told KXAN.

He didn’t want to share his name but said the incident scared him and his wife, who have a young daughter still living at home with them.

He hopes police will increase patrols in the neighborhood until they catch the suspect.

The neighbor said he’s glad the Bogdanovich family is sharing their video. He hopes someone will be able to recognize the suspect or catch a picture on their own cameras.

“We have a Chinese community WeChat group, so we all expressed our concern,” he said.

“Maybe somebody knows and recognizes the body shape, recognizes the car or knows him and knows that this is out of control. He’s escalating,” said Melinda.

Michael and Melinda said they don’t know why they are being targeted.

“It’s just like, whatever your beef, you can write me a note. If it’s within reason, I want to talk to you about it. If it’s not — if you don’t like the color of my skin, I can’t help that, but anything else we can negotiate,” said Melinda.

The couple’s own children were not home during the incident, but Melinda said it’s unfair to her neighbors, too.

“The bullets could have ricocheted — there’s children — that house, that house, that house,” Melinda pointed. “I mean, just gives me shakes, shakes, to this moment, to think that, you know, he endangered them.”

  • Austin police are investigating after shots were fired at an NW Austin home Friday morning. (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)
  • Austin police are investigating after shots were fired at an NW Austin home Friday morning. (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)
  • Austin police are investigating after shots were fired at an NW Austin home Friday morning. (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)
  • Austin police are investigating after shots were fired at an NW Austin home Friday morning. (KXAN Photo/Tahera Rahman)

They are thankful for all the support they’ve been getting from their neighbors.

“We got flowers on our front porch, we got love letters — just walking my dogs, that guy stopped and said, ‘we’re with you.’ And I’ve never met him before. Just amazing support,” said Melinda.

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