Crime Watch 8

Peeping Tom used construction equipment to get to second-story downtown apartment window

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police are searching for a peeping Tom who tried to look in a second-story window of a downtown apartment complex.

It happened just before midnight on Monday when a man used construction equipment outside of a downtown apartment complex on the corner of Illinois and Market streets to climb up the side of the building and knock on a second floor window.

It was a normal Monday night for Natalie Lyon in her downtown apartment until she heard a strange noise coming from her window.

“I was just sitting on the couch with my dog and maybe heard a little bit of noise on the window and the dog went crazy and started barking,” said Lyon.

The blinds on her window that sits behind a grate were closed.

“I opened the blind up a little bit and saw someone just standing at the window,” said Lyon.

The suspect was standing on the ledge of her window inside the grate.

“I don’t think he was looking for someone specific. He didn’t leave right away when he saw my face,” said Lyon. “He started drawing a shape on the window. He drew a circle and then he just kept standing there for a little while.”

A manager for the apartment complex says crews have been doing construction on the outside of the building to recover from the riots downtown.

The construction crews say that the scaffolding and other equipment moves often as they work on different areas of the building.

“It must have taken a lot of effort to get up there. It is pretty high up, there was some construction equipment. But then after that there is also metal grates he would have to climb and then figure out how to slip through then climb back down, and then climb back up to get onto the window ledge,” said Lyon.

Living on an upper level floor this is not something Lyon ever thought she would have to deal with. She does worry that the man may return.

Building security said that by the time he was able to get outside to where the man was he had already started to run off.

There is not currently a specific description for the suspect in this case but people downtown are reminded to be vigilant of any suspicious activity.