Man caught on surveillance staring at sleeping toddler charged with burglary

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 11:05 PM

HOUSTON -- Authorities say they have arrested and charged the man who was caught on surveillance video breaking into a west Harris County home and hovering over a sleeping toddler.

Christopher Gomez, 19, was arrested Thursday night on warrants issued for him in cases filed previously. Investigators said they have evidence indicating Gomez burglarized two other homes. He has been charged with three counts of burglary of a habitation.

He became a suspect in the burglary captured on video surveillance thanks to tips to Crime Stoppers after the story was publicized earlier this week.

The crime happened on April 5 around 5 a.m. in the 18200 block of Flint Hill Drive in Katy.

Investigators said the burglar slipped into the family’s home through an unlocked first-story window. He appeared to be aware that surveillance cameras were recording his every move, but carried on anyway.

The footage shows him going from room to room. For five minutes, the stranger is seen walking in and out of the bedroom of a 2-year-old boy.

At one point, the intruder hovers over the boy’s crib and points a flashlight toward the sleeping child.

Carmen Montoya, a family friend, told us that Gomez dropped out of high school and was sent to a teen boot camp. He recently wrecked a car, has no job, and lives at home with his parents.

"What is he doing," said Montoya. "If he needed money, ask us and we would give it to him."

Some of the stolen items were found at his parent's house. Gomez admitted he was the one in the video. His bond was set at $300,000.

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