Suspected serial peeper arrested in Gresham

Suspected serial peeper arrested in Gresham

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 5:22 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. – A man suspected of peeping into multiple Gresham homes was arrested after he was caught peering into a woman's bedroom early Wednesday morning, police said.

Just before 2 a.m., a woman reported that a man was looking through the windows of her apartment in the 2700 block of West Powell Boulevard.

The woman told police she was staying up late to work on her computer when she noticed something outside.

“She investigated and opened the blinds,” said Detective John Rasmussen of Gresham police.

That’s when the woman saw the suspect with his back to her wall and face toward her window “as though trying to avoid detection by his body placement,” Rasmussen said.

The woman went to her bedroom to call 911 and noticed the suspect peering in through the windows in that room, too.

When officers arrived, they immediately recognized the suspect, 31-year-old Nicholas Ellis, walking away from the building.

Ellis had previously been suspected of peeping in on a woman’s home on Southwest Pleasant View Avenue. 

He was arrested Wednesday for invasion of privacy, criminal trespassing and violating probation.

Rasmussen said Ellis may have committed similar crimes recently and asked any potential victims to call Gresham police at 503-618-3171.

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