'Creeper' Fondling Women In Their Bedrooms - New York News

'Creeper' Fondling Women In Their Bedrooms

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Police in Northeast Philly are anxious to find the man who has been crawling into open windows and fondling women in their bedrooms as they sleep.

They say they're working hard to crack this case because the details really worry them.  This is a guy who's not intimidated by other people in the room, including one victim's husband.

And he doesn't care that, in both cases, young children were right by their mothers' sides.

The area is supposed to be safer from the kind of crime that plagues other parts of the city.  But two break-ins, and an attempted entry early Friday morning, are terrifying residents on the long, quiet block.

One resident woke to find the man rattling his front door.

"He was trying to push it in at first, then he tried to open the doorknob. And then when I started hollering, then that's when he, I guess, he saw somebody was up and he took off."

The victim did not want to be identified, nor did his wife, who told FOX 29, "Now I'm not going to sleep and stay up all night, 'cause I have a son, an 8-year-old son."

Police are worried, too, because in every case young children were home.

In the first two cases, detectives believe the same man fondled women as they slept in their beds.

The first time it happened, on April 3 on the 10000 block of Jeanes Street, the victim's husband and toddler were in bed with her.

"He's caressing her leg," explained Capt. John Darby, who heads the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit.

"Her screams immediately alert other family members, and that male was chased from the property," Darby said.

"I'm actually surprised," Tatiana Maroz told FOX 29. She lives on the same block as all the victims. "I never thought that it would be something like that going on in this neighborhood."

Her neighbor Debbie Dodson agreed, saying, "I wouldn't like it, I definitely wouldn't like it.  I would be really shocked."

Asked what kind of guy would do that, Dodson answered, "A pervert."

The second incident happened exactly one week later on Wednesday, just a few doors down on the 10000 block of Ferndale Street.

The man made what police call "indecent contact" with the victim as her child slept by her side.  She screamed, he ran.

But police worry next time, maybe he won't.

"If a child awakens and whimpers or cries or something like that, quite frankly we're not quite sure what he might be, what he might potentially do," Capt. Darby cautioned.

Police are looking for a young tall white guy in his 20s or early 30s, 5-foot-ten to six feet tall, with a buzz cut or shaved head.  He may or may not have a goatee.  And he may be wearing a black hooded zip-front sweatshirt.  Detectives believe he may possibly live in that neighborhood.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Fire Breaks Out At Dry-Cleaning Business In Roxborough

    Fire Breaks Out At Dry-Cleaning Business In Roxborough

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:44:29 GMT
    Fire crews respond to the scene right now of a fire at Ridge Avenue and Walnut Lane in Roxborough.
    Fire crews respond to the scene right now of a fire at Ridge Avenue and Walnut Lane in Roxborough.
  • Revel Hotel Casino Begins 2-Day Shutdown

    Revel Hotel Casino Begins 2-Day Shutdown

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:31:50 GMT

    It is the beginning of the end for Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino. The hotel shuts down Monday morning, and early Tuesday the casino will follow.

    It is the beginning of the end for Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino. The hotel shuts down Monday morning, and early Tuesday the casino will follow.


  • After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-09-01 05:24:50 GMT
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:51:36 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices