DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Security cameras at one Davie home captured a disturbing sight, a man prowling around the rear of a home peering into bedroom windows.
It happened June 28th, around 10:45 p.m., at a home in the Lake Estates of Rolling Hills development. It has neighbors on edge.
It has neighbors on edge.
“It’s kinda shocking, disturbing, having kids. That’s why we have security and you hope the police catch him,” said one neighbor.
Investigators said he began by creeping around in the front yard first.
“At some point we see this guy getting up in a tree, trying to get a better angle of one of the windows. He climbs down from the street and goes into the backyard through the gate,” said Davie police Sgt. Mark Leone.
On the video, you can see the man enter the gated backyard and look into a bedroom window while lying on a pool heater.
He then got off the heater, crouched low to the ground and crawled into the screened-in patio.
He briefly took cover behind a grill. Moments later he got very close to a bedroom door where a woman was inside. Police are quite concerned about what happened next.
“At that point he has his shirt pulled up over his head, most likely to cover his identity, then we see him what appears to be masturbating while he’s looking into the bedroom window there,” said Leone.
He was just feet away from a woman on the other side of the door. The people who live the home didn’t notice him at the time but were stunned when they looked at their home security camera finding their screen door open.
“They recently installed the video camera system. He decided to check that to see what he came up with and that’s when he realized this person was in his backyard, in his pool patio looking into his house,” said Leone.
Davie police have released the video in hopes that someone recognizes his mannerisms or his face. People who live the area said they are grateful that he was caught on video so police have something to go on.
“That’s why most of us have surveillance cameras, the Ring doorbells. They help to protect a lot of people, where you don’t have eyes, you have eyes,” said one man.
Neighbors said it’s important to for them to be proactive in protecting in themselves and their families.
“Keep the blinds closed, have your cameras working at all times, have floodlights that turn on. Just do as much as you can to secure your property,” said Christine Jassir
Anyone who recognizes the prowler is urged call Davie police at (954) 693-8200 or gives an anonymous tip to Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).