June 12, 2010

Police looking for Peeping Tom in Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. - Police are looking for a man who they say has been looking in windows at women in apartment buildings. Montgomery County police say there have been at least four reports of peeping tom incidents in North Bethesda since late April. In each case, the woman involved described seeing a black man in his 30s or 40s. In one case, a woman thought the peeper might have been trying to shoot video of her in her bedroom. In a separate case, a woman woke up in the wee hours of the morning to find a man standing on her Montrose Avenue apartment balcony. Police aren't sure if it was another peeping tom case, because the man's intentions weren't clear before he fled the scene.

Here are details of each incident:

5400 block of Marinelli Road: On Monday, April 26, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the female victim noticed some movement at her window and saw the suspect crouching by the corner of the window. Description: B/M, 30s, 5'9"-5'10", 200 lbs.

5800 block of Edson Lane: On Friday, May 28, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the female victim saw the suspect walking behind the apartment building and looking into windows. Description: B/M, 40s, 5'10", wearing a work shirt.

5800 block of Edson Road: On Wednesday, June 2, at approximately 9:50 p.m., the victim was undressing in her ground level apartment when she noticed a red light coming from the side of her bedroom curtains. She thought it was possibly some sort or recording device such as a video camera or cell phone. The victim looked closer and saw a black male suspect standing next to the window. A witness reported that just prior to this incident he observed an individual matching the suspect description walking behind the apartment complex. Description: B/M, 35-40, 5'11"- 6', 220-230 lbs., wearing a button-up t-shirt and dress pants.

10600 block of Montrose Avenue: On Saturday, June 5, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the female victim awoke to noises on her balcony and saw a black male suspect outside on the balcony. When the suspect knew that he had been seen, he jumped off the balcony and fled. (It is not known if this was a related peeping tom, because the suspect fled before his intent was known.)

5400 block of Marinelli Road: On Monday June 7, at approximately 7:00 a.m., the victim was dressing her children in her bedroom when she saw movements by the window. She saw the suspect looking in the window through the blinds. The victim walked out of a back door in time to see the suspect walking away towards Citadel Avenue. Description: Black male, 30s, 5'8"-6'2", 150-200 lbs., wearing a peach-colored shirt and dark tie. If you see a suspicious person or suspicious activity, Montgomery County Police want you to call them immediately at 301-279-8000. If you have more information about any of the incidents above, call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112. SOURCE: WTOP

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