UC Santa Cruz student snaps photos of peeping prowler
By Amy Larson
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -Santa Cruz police are asking for the public's help to identify a peeping tom who has been prowling in neighborhoods near the University of California Santa Cruz.
Haley Woolford, 19, noticed a man looking at her through a window of her residence Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. Woolford is a UCSC student and lives in the Roundtree neighborhood on Nobel Street, two blocks from campus.
To reach the window, the man had removed wooden boards from a fence to reach a private patio.
Police said, "The suspect was at the window, opened the window, and reached through the window to enter the residence. The victim began to scream and pointed a flashlight toward the suspect. The suspect then moved to a sliding glass window and attempted to enter the residence but failed."
Woolford said she was sitting in bed when she watched her sliding glass window begin to open.
"At this point I was still sitting on my bed. I grabbed my flashlight and ran out of my house and around to my yard," she told KSBW.
Woolford confronted the man on the patio by shining a flashlight on him and snapping photos as evidence.
"I yelled at him and told him to get off my property immediately. I then took five pictures of him as he walked away calmly," she told KSBW.
The man fled the area and the young woman was unharmed.
Police described the suspect as: white, 30-40 years old, 6'1" tall, medium build, dark brown hair and a dark brown goatee. He was seen wearing a dark brown baseball cap, a blue and black flannel jacket, with a white t-shirt underneath.
The complex where Woolford lives houses many female UC Santa Cruz students.
"This man is a threat to our community and a threat to the multitude of UCSC students in the neighborhood," Woolford told KSBW.
The Santa Cruz Police Department is researching other similar cases in the areas of Palo Verde Terrace, Peach Terrace, and Castillion Terrace. In the last 4-6 months there have been other similar reported incidents, but none of the victims have actually seen the suspect in these other cases. The victims have only seen the suspect's feet or the top of his head, and have not seen his face.
Police distributed fliers in the neighborhood alerting the neighbors of the activity and asking for their help to identify the suspect.