GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - Detectives with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office are on the lookout for a prowler caught masturbating on home surveillance video.
A father caught the man using a stool to peek into his daughter’s room at their home on Manila Road shortly before 11 p.m. on Sunday. As the father went to confront the man, his wife called 911.
“I think they got him,” said the woman on a 911 tape released to Local 12. “This is not the first time this has happened here. We just didn't catch him before."
Jennifer and Chad Waits live right next door to the victim’s house.
"It was this spring or around this time last year, there was two guys in this area going around peeking into windows as well,” said Jennifer Waits. “They were looking for him. I don't know if they caught them."
The Waits have lived on Manila Road for two years. They wonder if their typically quiet neighborhood is being targeted.
“It’s definitely scary because you don't expect it out here. You know, luckily we do have security systems,” said Waits. “I don't know if people are scoping out the area to know where the house is, where kids are, because it sounds like he was looking into the window of a child,” she added.
Police didn't have many details about the previous incident, but neighbors are now hoping with this video, the peeping will stop.
“Definitely report it,” said Waits. “It is needed to get creeps like this off the street and protect our kids out here and everybody."
“We certainly don't want people to be alarmed, but we do want them to be aware -- be aware of their surroundings,” said Detective Chris Allen with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect is described as a middle-aged African-American man with either a bald head or close-cropped haircut. The suspect was able to get away in a dark-colored sedan that was parked across the street from the victim’s house. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit at 513-732-7545.