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Voyeur strikes Sehome, York neighborhoods 4 times, Bellingham police say

Police released a sketch of a man suspected of spying on women in the Sehome and York neighborhoods on four separate days from Feb. 11 to Feb. 16.
Police released a sketch of a man suspected of spying on women in the Sehome and York neighborhoods on four separate days from Feb. 11 to Feb. 16. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Police are seeking tips after four women in the Sehome and York neighborhoods called 911 to report a voyeur spying on them, Bellingham police said Thursday.

On four separate days beginning Saturday, college-aged women within a half-mile radius have reported a man in dark clothes shining a flashlight into their windows, said Bellingham police Lt. Danette Beckley. She noted the light could have been coming from a phone.

Three of those women reported seeing the man around dawn. Many residents of the neighborhoods are students at nearby Western Washington University.

According to police reports, campus alerts and radio dispatches:

▪  A woman in the 1300 block of Franklin Street said a man tried getting into her window around 6:10 a.m. Saturday. At first that case was filed as a burglary.

▪  A woman reported a man in a ski mask peering into her window around 7:35 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Jersey Street. She said something to him, and he stared back at her. He wore what looked like a black fleece North Face jacket.

▪  Officers responded around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday to the 700 block of North Garden Street for a report of a man looking into a woman’s window. He was in dark clothes, covering up everything but his eyes. Once he was seen, he took off toward campus. This was the only incident reported at night.

▪  A fourth woman called about a man in a black zip-up hoodie pressing a flashlight against her bedroom window around 7 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of North Garden. She saw him head south toward the university, according to a campus alert.

No other information has been released about the man’s appearance, other than a very basic description: a white man in dark clothes. Police suspect the cases are linked.

Police have assigned extra patrols, and ask anyone who sees suspicious behavior to call 911. Tips can be directed to Detective Sue Howell at 360-778-8682. Or use the online police tip page, cob.org/tips.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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