Police ask for public’s help in finding serial ‘peeping Tom’

Long Beach police are looking for a man suspected of looking into the windows of the homes of women in East Long Beach at least five times this year.

Between Jan. 21 and Oct. 28, police received reports of the man peering into homes at varying from 9:50 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. The victims ranged in age from 20 to 43.

“In most of the reported incidents, the suspect(s) approaches an exposed window of a residence, looks inside, makes a verbal remark(s) about the female victim’s physical appearance, then flees on foot,” police said in a release.

The crime is called “peeking while loitering,” or more commonly known as a “peeping Tom,” police said.

Four incidents happened in the Traffic Circle area of Bellflower Boulevard to Park Avenue and Stearns Street to Pacific Coast Highway:

  • July 10, 2019 at 1:25 a.m.
  • October 23, 2019 at 1:45 a.m.
  • October 28, 2019 at 5:30 a.m.
  • October 28, 2019 at 6:30 a.m.

Another incident happened on Jan. 21 at 9:50 p.m. near Lakewood Boulevard and East Carson Street, police said. They believe the same suspect or suspects may be involved because of the similarities of the incidents.

One victim told the Post that a man tried to buzz into her building early in the morning of Oct. 28. The Post is not identifying her because she is the victim of a crime.

“Minutes later, while I was in the bathroom, he stood outside my window and made comments about my body,” she said.

The window was closed and frosted, so she couldn’t see out and was unable to get a look at the man. She said she reported the incident to the police. A neighbor told her she had similar experiences over the past month.

The suspect has only been described as a man, according to police.

“Due to multiple recently-reported incidents, the department is seeking the public’s help to gather additional information and identify the suspect(s),” police said.

The department is adding additional patrols to the areas, and authorities are looking for the public’s help in gathering additional information to identify the suspect or suspects.

Anyone who may have witnessed a peeping incident or have information regarding these incidents is asked to call the Sex Crimes Detail at 562-570-7368 or dispatch at 562-435-6711.  Anonymous tips can be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.