Peeping Tom On The Loose

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

August 18, 2005

Charlottesville Police are searching tonight for a man they believe may be involved in four cases of peeping and breaking and entering. Those four incidents have happened over the last 10 days near the UVA campus. As students return to school, officials want them to be aware.

Just after midnight this morning, a UVA student was awakened by a man standing over her bed in the 1400 block of Cherry Avenue.

"She was awakened from sleep in her bedroom. It was a black male standing over top of her. She screamed and he ran and exited the front door," said Captain Chip Harding of Charlottesville Police.

Police believe this may be linked to three other similar cases in the past eight days. Monday morning, a neighbor in the 1200 block of Cherry Avenue saw a man peering in the window. That person ran off before the police were notified. Police are also investigating similar incidents in the 100 block of North Baker Street and the 1500 block of Broad Avenue.

"We are asking folks to be more aware and to call us first. Don't confront these people or people that are acting suspect like this," said Captain Harding.

Residents in the area are shocked to hear of problems in this normally quiet neighborhood.

"I have been living here...since 1986. We haven't had any problems with anybody all the time we've been living here," said resident Linwood Martin.

Police do not have a solid description of the suspect at this time. They believe he is a black male of medium height and medium build.

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