A father was mowing the lawn of his Orlando, Florida, home recently when he noticed a bald patch at the base of his daugthers’ bedroom window. That night, he set out to see what was going on and what he witnessed has both him and neighbors on edge.
According to WKMG-TV, the father of 8 and 10-year-old girls, who wished to remain anonymous, said he saw a man standing on a cinder block, peeping through his daughters’ window. Given the lack of grass in the spot, he didn’t think it was the first time the girls had been spied upon.
The father chased the man, but he was able to get away. Now, the dad is warning others in the neighborhood, which is near an elementary school, about what happened.
“It’s very scary,” Charlene Murray told the news station. “It’s always been a quiet neighborhood and I’ve never had any problems. I lived here for 25 years.”
While the father put a sheet on his daughter’s window, Murray said she heard of another neighbor having their children sleep in the living room after hearing about the incident.
Watch WKMG’s report:
WKMG reported that deputies found footprints, fingerprints and a napkin with DNA, which are being used to aid in their investigation.
“They need to get this guy off the streets,” Sasha Vuckovic, a neighbor, told the news station.
Vuckovic added to WFTV-TV that he’s trimming the shrubbery near his windows.
“I don’t need any pervert hiding behind some walls or some [bushes]. I figure clear all the stuff out of here so nobody can hide,” Buckovic said.
The father who tried to catch the man also told WFTV he has since installed a motion-activated light on his property to help prevent future incidents.
Watch WFTV’s report, which has footage of the bald spots on the lawn that first alerted the father that something was wrong:
This story has been updated to correct a typo.