Detectives Search for Ocean Beach Peeper

The suspect is wanted in connection with at least seven peeping incidents along Saratoga Avenue

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    San Diego Police Department detectives are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with at least seven peeping incidents along one street in Ocean Beach.

    According to investigators, the OB Peeper has been secretly looking in on women in their homes along the 4800 to 5100 blocks of Saratoga Avenue since May.

    The first peeping incident was reported on May 22. The most recent incident happened earlier this week in the 5000 block of Saratoga Avenue, police confirmed.

    In the first case, investigators said a woman exited her shower when she noticed a man at her window. In the most recent case, the victim saw someone peeping into her living room.

    In at least three of the cases, detectives said the suspect cut a two-inch by two-inch hole in the victim’s window screen. Investigators said all cases occurred between 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

    In Ocean Beach, residents told NBC 7 San Diego they’re feeling uncomfortable with these latest reports of a possible peeper lurking in their neighborhood.

    “After it happened the second time, all the neighbors have been a little more cautious. We had the property manager install a fence back here because there used to be an alley and that's where he was going,” said OB resident Sarah Pigeon.

    College student and OB resident Abby Gilliland told NBC 7 her father is concerned for her safety.

    “He said he's going to buy me pepper spray just because I get home at night and I have college courses that end late, so he said he's going to get me some pepper spray for on my way home,” said Gilliland.

    Bicycle patrol officers were on high alert monitoring the area Thursday night.

    Detectives describe the OB peeping suspect as a white male between 22 and 28 years old, weighing 165 to 200-pounds. He’s unshaven, has dirty blond hair and is between 5-feet-9-inches to 6-feet tall. He’s been seen wearing a dark blue shirt or jacket and a dark-colored beanie cap or hat.

    A sketch of the suspect was released Thursday night, pictured above. Anyone with information on this case should can the SDPD at (619) 692-4800 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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