Prowler with ladder frightens Wildwood woman

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating a prowling incident after a Wildwood woman reported seeing a man on a ladder outside her bathroom window.

According to Officer Benjamin Granda, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, the incident occurred April 24 around 10:20 p.m. in the 200 block of Timber Tree Court.

It’s believed the suspect, a Caucasian man in his late teens or early 20s, was near the victim’s residence for about an hour, Granda said. The suspect also took a chair from the victim’s patio and stationed it beyond the wood line behind the house so he could sit and watch the victim.

“He’s leaning up against homes and he’s trying to benefit his vantage point for some reason” said St. Louis County Police spokesperson Benjamin Granda.  “We don’t know what this individuals intentions or motivations are so we need to identify him and apprehend him as quick as possible” he said.

Police said the ladder did not belong to the woman. They believe it was taken from a nearby neighbor and hope to return the ladder to its owner.

Granda said three other prowler incidents occurred in Wildwood between January 31 and February 5. The cases all took place in the same subdivision. The suspect in those cases matches the description of this recent incident.

"It's relatively clear these incidents have happened in the same vicinity, same street, same suspect description" said Granda.  "We're very optimistic that someone in that neighborhood is going to recognize this individual" he said.

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.