Video Shows Convicted Killer Creeping In Family's Garden Looking Through Window
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A killer was caught creeping around a family's garden and staring through their windows, with security footage capturing the chilling incident. Watch below:
Surveillance footage shows Santos Pantoja lurking near the Florida home and peeping into the teenage daughter's bedroom.
Sarah Martinez says she first spotted the man on 24 May, as she was getting ready for work.
She told WFLA-TV: "Through the reflection of my mirror, I saw a man's face looking into my bathroom window."
Terrified, the mother ran outside to see who it was, spotting a truck she didn't recognise as it was leaving.
Just four days later, Ms Martinez recognised the same man in the CCTV video, this time looking into her 17-year-old daughter's room.
Her daughter is now too scared to be by herself in the house.
Ms Martinez said: "Being able to see those videos is chilling. She's scared. She's afraid of coming home from school by herself.
"You can see there's a point where he reaches up and pushes on my daughter's window - to see if it's unlocked, I'm presuming. That is just something that I can't stop thinking about."
Pantoja, 39, has served two spells in prison for manslaughter and burglary.
According to Polk County Sheriff's office, he had arrived at the property in a truck owned by his employer, Weber Environmental Services.
And despite having no jobs in the area, GPS data from the truck showed that Pantoja was near the home.
A police spokesperson said: "He told a neighbour he was looking for his missing 23-year-old daughter.
"At 7 o'clock in the morning, holding a piece of sprinkler in his hand? I'm suspicious."
Combining the CCTV footage with accounts from neighbours, police arrested Pantoja.
A police spokesperson said: "Detectives have arrested him. He's in custody. He's got a hitch in his giddy-up to be trying to look into a child's window before 7 o'clock in the morning."
They added: "We want to thank the community. That's the beautiful thing about Polk County.
"I encourage the community to help us gather evidence against bad guys, then call us and we'll go to work putting them in jail."
Brian Bruchey, a spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff's Office, told Newsweek, "We got the word out about Pantoja's crime via social media and broadcast and print media to serve as a reminder of how important it is for people to be aware of suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods, as well as watching out for their neighbours."
"We frequently remind residents that if they hear something or see something, to say something."
Pantoja has been released on bond.