Detectives are concerned after Newark peeping Tom is arrested

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After a 30-Year-Old peeping tom is arrested for allegedly trying to break into an occupied apartment, Detectives are concerned there may be more victims who have not come forward. 

NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: New Castle County Police say a 25-Year-Old Newark woman was the victim of a peeping tom who was trying to break into her apartment, and now detectives are concerned there may be other victims who haven’t come forward. 

Police said the incident happened on Monday at the Spring Crossing Apartments where officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress complaint. However, when officers arrived, they couldn’t find the suspect. That was until forensics arrived and began gathering evidence.

“The patrol officers established a perimeter and attempted to locate the subject but were unsuccessful.,” said police spokesman Michel Eckerd.

The victim told investigators that while as she exited her bathroom, she saw that her window blinds were crumpled in such a way that was unfamiliar to her and a window was opened wider than usual. She then reported that when she looked closer, she saw someone outside that she did not recognize.  She then shouted and the subject ran away from the window.

Photo by NCCPD | Keith Washington

After an extensive investigation by Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit, additional evidence was discovered and 30-year-old, Keith Washington was identified as a suspect. The Special Investigations Squad were able to locate and apprehend Washington on Tuesday April 6, 2021 and took him into custody at his residence. 

Washington was taken to New Castle County Police Headquarters and charged with one count of felony Attempted Burglary 1st degree.  He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $3000 unsecured bail.

“Based on this investigation, detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward.,” Eckerd said.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation to contact Detective Stearne at (302)395-8068 or via e-mail at Rodney.Stearne@newcastlede.gov or by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Citizens can text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE. You can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Division of Police.

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