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Fayetteville police search for Peeping Tom

Posted September 17, 2010 5:59 p.m. EDT
Updated September 17, 2010 6:27 p.m. EDT

— Police were searching Friday for a Peeping Tom in a Fayetteville neighborhood with a history of sex crimes.

Someone reported seeing a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt on the back porch of a unit in the King's Grant Condominiums complex, in the 400 block of Bubble Creek Court. The man was looking inside the condo at about 6:45 a.m. but fled when he realized that he had been seen, police said.

"It causes concern anytime it happens anywhere, but in a place where it's already happened before (it's especially disconcerting)," said Dan Grubb, a spokesman for the Fayetteville Police Department.

Rapes occurred in the King's Grant neighborhood in February 2007 and January 2008, according to police. Three other sexual assaults have been reported in the surrounding North Ramsey Street area since August 2006.

"At this point, we don't know if this one is related to the former ones in this area or to the more recent ones that occurred in the Bingham Drive area," Grubb said.

Bingham Drive, which is about 10 miles from King's Grant Condominiums, had several peeping incidents this summer.

Police think at least three of the crimes off North Ramsey Street are linked, but no one has been charged in any of the cases.

Fayetteville police are still investigating seven rapes and sexual assaults that happened between June 2009 and January. The crimes all occurred at apartments or condos during overnight hours, but it's unclear whether they're linked.

On Friday afternoon, police officers handed out fliers to area residents to alert them about the Peeing Tom incident.

"Maybe someone will start talking about it," Grubb said. "If someone may have seen something or may have some surveillance they can share with us, absolutely, we would appreciate it."