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Man Suspected of Sneaking into Elderly Couple's Shower in Valley Center Arrested

The woman who caught the intruder in her shower later followed him and helped deputies make an arrest

Deputies arrested a man suspected of prowling through a couple's house in Valley Center and sneaking into their shower Friday, exposing himself to the woman who lives there.

Just after 11:35 a.m., Jerald Wayne Harris went into an elderly couples' house on Valley Center Road, near Lake Wohlford Road. According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the couple did not know Harris or permit him to enter their home. The husband was right outside, working inside his shop.

When the wife returned home, she heard water running from the main floor shower, said deputies. Once she went into the bathroom, the shower door swung open, and Harris stood there naked, staring at her.

She ran out of the room, screaming for her husband. Deputies said the couple returned to the bathroom after that, but Harris had already fled. Soon after that, the wife realized her watch had been stolen.

This incident happened close to the San Diego Humane Society, a church and a preschool.

After that, deputies said the wife went outside and saw Harris walking northbound on Valley Center Road. She proceeded to follow the suspect until law enforcement arrived and arrested him.

Harris was taken into custody on the 2700 block of Valley Center Road, said deputies.

After checking his records, deputies found Harris was already on parole for burglary and was formerly a sexual assault registrant. Deputies searched Harris and found the victim's watch inside his pocket.

Anyone with information on similar cases in this area can call Detective Barrios at (760)750-4423. They may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if that leads to a felony arrest.

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