Another prowler spotted

A day after a judge put an Ashland prowler behind bars, another man was reported exhibiting the same patterns — looking in a woman's bedroom window in the area surrounding Southern Oregon University, police said.

At 10 p.m. Tuesday, a woman reported seeing a man looking into her bedroom window, which faces the backyard of her home in the 1300 block of Evan Lane, according to the police report.

The man ran away when the woman noticed him, said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

The woman described the prowler as 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a heavy build, police said. He was wearing a baseball cap, long pants and a sweatshirt, according to the police report.

Falls said officers are looking into the incident to see if they can determine if it is related to a string of prowler reports this month.

"It's similar to what we've had in the past, somebody looking in the window," he said. "We're certainly checking into it."

On Friday, police arrested a 40-year-old SOU student after he was caught looking in a bedroom window near the university.

Troy Fretwell pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempted invasion of personal privacy before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack, court records show. He is serving time in the Jackson County Jail until Nov. 10, his scheduled release date.

Even though Fretwell is now behind bars, officers are still being vigilant, because — as Tuesday's incident suggests — there still may be prowlers in the neighborhood, Falls said.

"That's why we haven't closed the book on this incident, even though we have someone in custody," he said. "We're keeping an eye on it to see if there isn't more than one person doing this."

It's also possible that the media attention given to the case has made residents more vigilant — or inspired copycat prowlers, Falls said.

Police are reminding locals to draw blinds and lock windows and doors in their homes at night.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

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