BELLINGHAM - Police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for several voyeurism and indecent exposure incidents near Western Washington University's campus since the beginning of the year, according to the Bellingham Police Department.
The incidents have mostly taken place just north of campus in rental housing occupied by women.
The first incident was reported at about 11:45 p.m. Jan. 12 in the 900 block of North Garden Street, where a woman noticed a flashlight beam outside of her home. She told police she then saw a man using the flashlight to illuminate his exposed genitals while he fondled them. The woman described the man as white, about 40 years old, wearing white-washed jeans, a dark shirt and a wrist watch.
At about 1 a.m. on Feb. 6, a woman in the 1000 block of High Street reported that she looked outside and saw a man holding a smartphone near her window. He was holding the phone so that she could see a picture of a penis on the phone screen. A week later, another woman in the same High Street home reported that she looked out her bedroom window at about 11 p.m. and saw a man peering in.
At about 3 a.m. on Feb. 10, a woman in the 1000 block of Indian Street awoke to the sound of someone turning her bedroom doorknob. When she called out to the person, she heard someone running out of the house. She and her roommates found the back door to the home ajar.
At about 11 p.m. on Feb. 10, police were called to the 1100 block of Nevada Street when a neighbor noticed a man sneaking around a home, peering into windows. The neighbor knew that the renters were all college-aged women. The man that was peeking in windows is described as about 6 feet tall, slender, wearing a dark jacket and a grey beanie. No age estimate was given.
Though the behavior in each incident is similar, police can't be sure if the same man is responsible for all of them. Anyone with information should call the Bellingham Police Department at 360-778-8800 or the police tip line at 360-778-8611. For crimes that occur on WWU's campus, call University Police at 360-650-3555.