San Diego police arrest man suspected of peeping into Pacific Beach homes

San Diego police arrested a 48-year-old man suspected of peeping into the windows of at least six Pacific Beach women between September and October, authorities said Oct. 16.

The six known cases occurred between Sept. 11 and Oct. 12, and each time the description of the perpetrator was a bald white man of medium height and medium to heavy build, Capt. Tina Williams said.

"Detectives immediately began to investigate, interviewing witnesses and canvassing the area for evidence," Williams said in a statement.

With the help of patrol officers, detectives identified a 48-year-old suspect Oct. 12 and arrested him on suspicion of six misdemeanor counts of peeping and one misdemeanor count of petty theft. On Oct. 16, the man remained jailed in lieu of $60,000 bail.

In the midst of the suspect's alleged peeping spree, a 28-year-old woman was sexually assaulted inside her Chalcedony Street home by a stranger with similar characteristics, according to police. That suspect, who entered the woman's home through an open side window about 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 1, assaulted the woman and then fled when confronted.

He was described as a bald white man, about 40 years old.

San Diego police "have no information at this time linking (the peeping suspect) to the sexual assault on Oct. 1," Williams said in an email.

Anyone with information about the Oct. 1 sexual assault was asked to call the San Diego Police Department's sex crimes unit at (619) 531-2210 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in that case.

Alex Riggins is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune

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