Suspicious men seen in 'peeping' neighborhood

FAYETTEVILLE Police say two men were seen walking at 2:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and at 8:45 p.m. during the past week in the area of Bear Creek Circle where several peeping incidents and a sexual assault have taken place.

The latest incident happened Wednesday night at a home in the 5600 block of Pepper Bush Drive. A woman said a man knocked on her door and then bent over as if his stomach was hurt. The woman didn't open the door and the man ran off. The woman said the man looked similar to a composite sketch released by Fayetteville police this week.

"The description is almost exactly the same," Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Dan Grubb said. "The lady saw the sketch on TV last night and after the incident she said he looked exactly like the person."

Police said they searched the area, but weren't able to find the man. He was about 5-feet 8-inches in height, appeared to be in his late teens or early twenties with a slim to medium build, and was wearing a white shirt and dark pants.

Investigators have been looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a peeping incident and a sexual assault that happened within minutes of each other early Monday morning on Bear Creek Circle.

The victims in the two incidents were teenage girls.

Earlier this month on Winnabow Drive --one neighborhood over from the most recent incidents-- police say two peeping incidents and an attempted break-in were reported.

All three streets are in adjoining neighborhoods. Police suspect the peeper may live close by.

If you have information about any of the crimes, call the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856 or 483-TIPS.

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