HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- A man accused of attacking elderly women in the Spring area is off the streets.
Investigators say at least four victims were caught off guard as they worked in their front yards.
Charles Galloway, 23, is charged with assault and injury to the elderly.
“That’s going to put a lot of people at ease in this community,” said neighbor Marco Patton.
There were three attacks in the last two weeks and another last month. Some of them involved sexual acts. They happened in the North View and nearby Willow West neighborhoods off Imperial Valley Drive.
“Each attack became more physical and sexual in nature,"said Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman. "Due to the suspect’s actions, it became our No. 1 priority to arrest him and protect our elderly citizens...I can tell you the elderly folks out here in Precinct 4 can breathe a sigh of relief with this guy in jail."
Galloway was arrested Wednesday morning outside his girlfriend’s apartment.
“He has put himself at the location,” Herman said.
Deputies tracked down Galloway’s vehicle with help from a neighborhood surveillance camera.
“I am relieved that they were able to get this guy,” said neighbor Estela Nieva.
Nieva knows the most recent victim who was watering her grass when she was attacked last Tuesday.
“She screamed, and one of the neighbors came out and that’s when he took off running,” Nieva said.
Female residents, in particular, plan to be more watchful as a result of this case.
“Even with the arrest, people are still going to be on the lookout,” Patton said.
“Just gave me a reason to be more alert about stuff like this,” Nieva said.
We checked Galloway’s background. It appears he has no criminal history.
Investigators believe he may have other victims and encourage them to come forward.