Serial peeping Tom resurfaces in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, cops on lookout

Serial peeping Tom resurfaces in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, cops on lookout

 Police are hot on the trail of a serial peeping Tom believed to be active in BEML Layout in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, west Bengaluru.

The man, said to be mentally unstable, was seen scaling the compounds of several houses and peeping into bathrooms and bedrooms. Police believe he is a night owl as he carried out his plans after 11 pm. During the day, he usually did a recce of the houses.

The peeping Tom first came into the limelight on September 9, 2016, when a woman took to Facebook to narrate her ordeal. She described how the man suddenly emerged at the window of her bedroom but disappeared in the dark as she got up. The next day, he came back and caressed her cheek as she was asleep. She woke up and raised an alarm, but the man slipped into darkness, a senior police officer said.

The woman’s Facebook post went viral and was noticed by the Rajarajeshwari Nagar police. They contacted her but she refused to file a complaint. Three days later, a social activist complained to the police that he had seen a man trying to peep through the window of a house.

The complainant tried to catch him but he ran away. Luckily, a CCTV camera had caught his act. Police picked up four men but they turned out to be innocent. They later showed the CCTV footage to local residents for possible clues about the peeping Tom but that didn’t help either, the officer said.

Police had almost forgotten the man until two days ago when another local resident approached them and claimed to have seen the suspect roaming the area. Acting on the information, police formed two special teams on Friday to hunt him down.

M N Anucheth, DCP (West), said policemen were intensively patrolling the streets of the locality and talking to residents for clues. They are also scanning the CCTV footage of the area.

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