Texas worker checking pipes killed after being mistaken for burglar

A Texas maintenance worker was shot and killed while checking pipes in an apartment complex after a resident spotted him and suspected a burglar was trying to break in.

Cesar Montelongo, 53, was checking pipes at Clayton Point apartments on Alouette Drive in Grand Prairie on Christmas Eve.

According to Grand Prairie police, Montelongo was standing on a balcony around 6 p.m. when the resident of that apartment noticed him, PKB 4 reported.

The resident, mistakenly believing his apartment was burglarized, grabbed a gun and shot Montelongo through the window.

Officers arrived at the scene to find Montelongo lying on the balcony with a gunshot wound. He was then rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives say he was checking frozen and broken water pipes after several pipes on the property burst earlier.

The 53-year-old was checking the pipes at Clayton Point apartments on Alouette Drive in Grand Prairie on Christmas Eve.
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A photo of the Clayton Point Apartments on Alouette Drive in Grand Prairie.

Montelongo was standing on a balcony around 6 p.m. when the resident of that apartment noticed him, according to police reports.


A photo of the Clayton Point Apartments on Alouette Drive in Grand Prairie.

The resident mistook Montelongo for a burglar and shot him through a window.


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Detectives say he was checking frozen and broken water pipes after several pipes on the property burst earlier.


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The resident has remained at the apartment and is cooperating with detectives, but no arrests have been made at this time in connection with the incident.

The case is still under investigation and Grand Prairie Police will refer the case to the Tarrant County Grand Jury for review.

Montelongo is survived by his wife and five sons. Christmas marked 29 years since his marriage, according to a GoFundMe page created by his niece.

Montelongo was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  He is survived by his wife and five sons.
Montelongo was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife and five sons.
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“My uncle was murdered on Christmas Eve in a senseless act of violence while at work,” Kimberly Montelongo wrote at the fundraiser. “Today, on what was to be his 29th wedding anniversary, he is mourned by his 5 sons and his beloved wife. My uncle was a loving and hardworking man who gave his whole life for his family. Her devotion to the Lord gave her strength.

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