Prowler probe steps up

Police have increased patrols in the area surrounding Southern Oregon University as they search for a prowler who has been looking in women's bedroom windows at night for at least three weeks.

The prowler appears to fixate on certain women's homes, returning repeatedly to spy on them, said Detective Sgt. Jim Alderman with the Ashland Police Department.

"That seems to be kind of his M.O. (method of operation)," he said this morning. "Once he finds a location, he kinds of fixates on it."

Twice last week a woman who lives in the 700 block of Indiana Street, which borders the university, reported a prowler in her backyard.

At 4:24 a.m. on Thursday, the woman let her dog out in the yard because it was barking, and she saw a man running away, according to the police report.

At 1 a.m. on Saturday, the woman called police after she heard footsteps in her backyard and outside her bedroom window.

The woman's description of the man appears to match the description of the prowler police have gathered from other victims.

Police describe the suspect as in his early 20s, white and 5-foot-9-inches to 5-foot-10-inches tall, with a medium build, brown hair and a freckled complexion.

The department has also received reports of two incidences of a prowler looking into the windows of a woman's house on Garfield Street, Alderman said.

Officers have received about a half-dozen prowler reports this month. Detectives aren't certain that all the reports point to the same suspect, but it is possible, especially since all the incidences have occurred in the same general area, near Lincoln and Garfield streets, Alderman said.

Detectives are having a difficult time getting more information about the suspect because he is often running away when the victims notice him, said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

"We don't have descriptions we can really follow up on, but we do get there as soon as we can," he said.

However, officers are hoping that their extra patrols in the area will pay off, Alderman said.

"The patrol officers are taking it very serious," he said. "They want to catch this guy."

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.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or

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