NORTH PORT, Fla. - Donna Carey has made it clear: no one messes with her teenage daughter.
The night of January 24, Carey's daughter heard someone tapping on her bedroom window for close to three hours. As panic and fear set in, the teen told her mother what was going on.
Concerned about what was going on, Donna took a walk outside in her pajamas.
"I started screaming, 'Oh my God! There is a man here,'" recalled Carey.
Carey didn't realize she'd be the only person in her North Port neighborhood to come face-to-face with a much sought after peeping tom. Over the next few weeks, North Port police would receive many phone calls about a suspicious man lurking in the Chamberlain Boulevard area.
"I saw his face. I know what he looks like. This son of a gun lives somewhere around here," Carey said.
Carey describes the peeping tom as a Caucasian male between 19 and 27 years of age She said his brown hair is cut into a short, crew cut style. She remembers him having a round face with dark eyebrows and estimates he is about 5'10. He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt that zipped up with words written on it. The color of the sweatshirt was grey or greyish blue. He was last seen running down Lansdale Avenue toward Point Street.
At first, the man, according to Carey, did not notice he was being watched. When he finally did, he did not speak but started acting strangely.
"He was doing monkey movements," Carey explained while flailing her arms. "I wish I would have jumped on him, punched him or did something because he didn't have anything in his hands."
North Port Police believe this man is responsible for many peeping tom incidents in the same area. Just a few nights ago, a peeping tom made his way into a little girl's bedroom just a couple blocks from Carey's house.
"I just get goose bumps when I think about that girl," said Darlene, who knows the young girl. Darlene had been out walking her dogs just five minutes before the man broke through the girl's window.
Police are also looking to see if a case regarding the sexual battery of a different 12-year-old girl is related to the peeping tom cases.
They do not have proof the cases are connected only their suspicions.
"We don't know," said North Port Police Capt. Anthony Sirianni. "We don't know what is in their mind, the mindset of individuals walking around the neighborhood at night."
The department alerted residents about the peeping tom via a reverse 911 call. In the call, police advised residents to keep their blinds shut, always look through a door's peep hole before opening it, to keep a watchful eye out at night and to report any suspicious activity.
Police are also upping patrols in the area, especially around 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., when this peeping tom is known to strike.
Carey knows police are doing what they can to find this perpetrator. She is also doing her part to find him. Armed with a baseball bat and flashlight, Carey walks her neighborhood at night, listening and watching. She has also made fliers that include the peeping tom's description and went door-to-door handing them out.
She even went as far as hand drawing a picture of the man. However, Tuesday morning, she is scheduled to work with a police sketch artist. to make a better profile picture.
"I want him to know whatever it takes I am going to take him down," Carey explained.
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