San Marcos police searching for armed, masked man entering apartments


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — People living at an apartment in San Marcos say they’re scared after neighbors report an armed, masked man entering their homes without permission.

The police chief has gone on the record, saying people need to lock their doors and be more vigilant. 

College students living there are now saying they are afraid to even walk out their own doors. 

“When something like this happens, it feels like a bigger city problem.” 

For the second time in six days, an intruder has entered people’s homes at The Cottages at San Marcos. 

“I feel like people are watching,” said Margot Mendez, who has lived there since August. 

“The whole complex, even my friends that know I live here, they hit me up and are like what’s going on at your apartment?” said Manuel Perez, a Texas State University student.. 

Last Wednesday, someone strolled into an unlocked apartment and sexually assaulted the woman living there. On Tuesday, a different victim was held up at gunpoint.  

“They said they were going to send more police officers and I still haven’t seen a police officer out here,” Mendez said.  

Several people that live at the complex said they think the person that is getting into these apartments actually lives there, which would explain how they are able to make such a quick getaway. 

“For him to get away so fast, it just kind of seems suspect because there isn’t another complex near here or a place where you could really run and hide without crossing a major road,” said one Texas State senior who didn’t want to be named. 

“There are so many people that live here, so you have no clue, it could be like any other regular person that just walks by,” Perez said. 

Apartment management have tacked safety reminders on some of the doors around the complex, but people want to see an arrest made before they can feel safe again. 

“I just make sure the doors are closed at least. I hope that will do something to avoid people coming in, because that’s really scary,” Mendez said.

Suspect Description

Police say the suspect is around 6’2”, wearing long black sleeves, black gloves and a black mask. That description is similar to the one police offered six days ago when the sexual assault happened. 

At this point, San Marcos Police said it’s too early to link the two crimes to the same person, although they are investigating that possibility. 

Arrest made in other San Marcos Crime 

SMPD believe they captured the man they say is responsible for a string of break-ins near Texas State University. 

Jose Chavez is accused of taking things from unlocked dorms in the San Jacinto Hall while women were asleep inside. 

Later in custody, police say Chavez confessed to a break-in at the Dakota Ranch Apartments where a woman says she woke up to find a man on her bed, touching her. 

Chavez also told police he’s responsible for a burglary at The Edge Apartments. 

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