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‘He scratches at windows:’ Raleigh women scared after alleged peeping Tom tries to break into home

October 19, 2018

Police are looking for a man who has tried to force his way into Raleigh homes.

Police say he tried to get into a bedroom through a window on Deep Hollow Drive in August.

Around that same time, he was spotted twice around a home on Jackson Street. The first time, residents later found a ladder against their house. The second time, residents heard tapping on a window, and a screen was found damaged.

WRAL News has obtained police reports detailing three other peeping Tom and break-in reports, but police have not said if all five incidents are related.

Two Raleigh women who live at a home identified in one of the incident repots said they’re terrified after they’ve seen someone in the bushes and heard knocking on their windows in the middle of the night.

“He would just stand here and he has a flashlight that he would shine into our room,” Caroline Mattucci said.

Mattucci and her roommates said the incidents started a couple of weeks ago.

“He starts tapping and he scratches at windows and that’s kind of what stood out for two nights, and then I woke up to him trying to enter our front door,” she said.

The women said they’ve sat in fear on more than one occasion after they were jolted awake in the middle of the night by the sounds of someone lurking outside their home.

“We call the police right when it happens. The police come and he’s already gone,” Mattucci said.

A Raleigh police report of an incident at the home as recent as two days ago classifies the crime as a sex offense and peeping Tom incident.

The women recall a time when they looked otu the window to see someone standing in the wooded area of their backyard.

“As soon as I realized what it was, I screamed and ran upstairs, but it was like the bottom half of someone’s face. There was dark eyebrows and just the whites of someone’s eyes and that’s really all I remember,” Anne Hunter-Stone said.

The roommates have contemplated options for self defense, but for now quick fingers to 911 and an elaborate buddy system is the best they say they can do.

“That’s not how you want to feel in your own area and it’s just created such a terror and I think, right now, we’re just not letting it happen because, but all means, we’re upset. We’re calling the police, but when it happens, you don’t know what to do,” Mattucci said.

The suspect is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and in his mid-thirties. Authorities released a composite sketch.

The man may drive a gray or silver SUV.

Police ask anyone with information that might assist in the identification of the suspect call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-HELP.