After several ‘secret peeping’ reports, NC man caught in the act, police say

Chris James Lewis

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — After several incidents of peeping were reported in a Fayetteville neighborhood, a man was caught in the act on Tuesday night, officials said.

In the fall of 2015, Fayetteville Police received three reports of a subject possibly peeping into windows in the area of Morganton Road and Westlake Drive, which includes several large apartment complexes, police said.

“In response to these reports, the FPD stepped up patrol in the area and the activity subsided, however the investigation into these incidents continued,”   Lt. David McLaurin, Fayetteville Police spokesman said in a press release.

Officers and detectives targeted the area with heightened patrols, forensic evidence collection techniques, and undercover operations, McLaurin said.

On Tuesday night, a man was caught peeping into a window in the 200 block of Sawtooth Drive and was apprehended by officers.

During the arrest, the suspect assaulted a policeman, officials said.

Chris James Lewis, age 36, of the 5820 block of Tuckertown Lane was charged with Secret Peeping, Assault On a Government Official, and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana.

Lewis was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center where he remains on a $15,000 secured bond.

Lewis is believed to have been in the Fayetteville area for the last three years and he has a criminal history in Georgia, McLaurin said.

“Although secret peeping is a misdemeanor crime, history has shown that these types of crime tend to escalate into more serious crimes,” McLaurin said.

“The FPD considers this type of crime to be serious and put forth the extra effort and several resources to bring this suspect into custody and prevent any future crimes from occurring,” he added.

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