Gloucester peeping tom, sexual predator leaves residents shaken up

Posted at 11:50 PM, May 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-21 23:50:32-04

Gloucester County, Va. - A Gloucester neighborhood is shaken up after two reports of a peeping tom, then a break-in and violent sexual assault early Monday. In each case, a woman was home alone.

"It’s worrisome to me because if my husband were to go out of town and go off, I would be very afraid,” says Jeanette Elswick, who lives in the neighborhood.

The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office says the events, which all happened near Bellehaven Drive, may not be isolated. This is something neighbors aren't used to.

"Not a lot of drama, not a lot of violence, not a lot of anything goes on around here, “says Fred Sparrow, who lives on Bellehaven Drive.

"It’s like a dead street,” Elswick says.

A sheriff's office spokesman says Monday’s break-in and sexual assault happened around 1 a.m.

"The gentleman had tapped on the door and told the tenant that she had left her car lights on,” Sparrow says. “When she opened the door, he forced his way into the apartment."

Before leaving her home, police say the woman was robbed. Other neighbors say in the past few weeks they've seen a man lurking around their backyards, even tapping on their windows and back doors, trying to get in.

Police do not have a good description of him and are asking residents to keep an eye out.

"Know your neighbors, know the people around you and especially at night, don't open your door,” Sparrow says.