Police charge Fayetteville man with secret peeping

Chris James Lewis (Fayetteville Police Department)

A Fayetteville police officer sustained minor injuries Tuesday while arresting a man who was allegedly peeping into a window.

Officers said they caught Chris James Lewis, 36, peeping into a window in the 200 block of Sawtooth Drive.

During the arrest, Lewis struggled with several officers, causing injuries to one.

Lewis, of the 5820 block of Tuckertown Lane, was charged with secret peeping, assault on a government official, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

In the fall of 2015, the FPD received three reports of someone peeping into windows in the area of Morganton Road and Westlake Drive, which includes several large apartment complexes.

After those reports, FPD stepped up patrol in the area and the activity subsided. Police continued to keep the investigation active, however, efforts paid off when Lewis was caught in the act, police said.

Lewis is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center where he remains on a $15,000 secured bond.

Although secret peeping is a misdemeanor crime, Fayetteville police said they take this activity seriously, as their research suggests such behavior often leads to more serious crimes.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who believes they may have been a victim, is asked to contact Detective Kocher with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 703-0567 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

Crimestoppers information can also be submitted online by filling out the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).

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