HUMBLE, Texas - Life, they say, is what happens while you re making plans. Vernon Reed hadn t planned on living here, but it s where life brought him.
Disabled and with medical bills soaring through the roof, he moved to Bender Hollow Apartments in Humble 10 months ago to save money, and because he thought it was safe. After all, the sign outside the leasing office reads, We love our residents.
But three days ago, someone kicked in his bedroom window as he and his wife watched TV.
It was like an explosion. A big boom, said Reed. And I told my wife to turn the light out and get on the floor.
Reed called police and waited with a gun in one hand and his Bible in the other.
I was praying that I wouldn t have to use the gun, said Reed.
He didn t, but the following day he said someone rummaged through the box of medicine that had been delivered to his doorstep in broad daylight. He s not the only one here who s concerned.
We re on our own, said resident Lena Dickerson. In this situation we re completely alone.
Some residents said management has dropped the ball when it comes to security, and they point to the front gate as an example. They say it hasn t been working since November, allowing people to freely come and go whether they are residents or not.
The manager of the apartment complex declined comment.
It s got me scared, said Reed. It s got me on edge.