Another peeping incident reported in Fayetteville

September 17, 2010 4:25:55 PM PDT
Fayetteville police are searching for a suspect, because somebody saw him peeping into a condo early this morning.It seems to be a never ending saga when it comes to this type of incident especially in the northern section of town.

The area where the latest peeping tom was spotted is not far from Methodist College in the Kings Grant subdivision.

The report came in just before 7 a.m. Friday. A witness said someone wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt was seen peeping into building number 412 in the Kings Grant Condominium Subdivision. The caller was shocked at what was going on.

"That there was a man looking in a back window of a house over there off of the back porch and they called 911 to which we responded. Obviously canvassed the area looking for the suspect," Police Spokesman Dan Grubb said.

But the suspect got away. Police are beefing up patrols in the area, which resident Christopher Jessup says is great news.

He's lived in the condos for the past two years. He had no idea that the suspect was peeping inside a window right next door to his home.

"Yeah because you can actually, from the back side, you can actually walk around to my side of the building and it's on the lower level," Jessup said. "So, I wouldn't like nobody peeping in. I got younger kids. And I have a wife."

The condos have a history of more than just peepers. Unsolved rapes were reported in 2007 and 2008. Authorities say peeping is a gateway crime to more serious assaults.

"It causes concern any time it happens anywhere," Grubb said. "But a place where it's already happened before... you kind of hope that you get some sort of ? that has some significance to it and maybe it'll tie somebody in that general vicinity or someone with business in that vicinity."

At this point, police only have a vague description of the suspect, and no way to say if he's connected to any of the rapes that have happened in that area in the past.

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