Earlier this week, a flyer was hand delivered to OB residents along Saratoga Avenue issuing a warning of a “peeping tom on Saratoga Ave.” The flyer goes on to describe events surrounding an individual male stalker which San Diego Police are now investigating.
The word “BEWARE” appears in the heading, and the flyer narrates events as they unfolded on Monday morning, 9/17, around 10:30am after an OB parent found a large hunting knife outside their back door, on Saratoga Avenue in Ocean Beach. Even more alarming, the same startled parent also discovered a red velvet top-hat sitting on a trashcan which was located underneath their daughter’s bedroom window.
After talking with their neighbor about the knife, the parent called police to report the knife and hat, immediately after learning their neighbor, too, had seen a man looking into the window of their own home the previous night, on Sunday at 9:30pm. Based upon their investigation of these events, Police are preparing a composite image of a male suspect which will be made available to the public.
This is the “Third” Reported Incident in OB since 8/15/12
This recent stalking incident is one of three of this type reported to Police in recent weeks, including one reported incident of a man repeatedly groping a woman along the bike path in broad daylight on 8/15, and one additional report of a woman assaulted at 2:10am near the alley at Muir Avenue and Bacon Street, on 8/25. Both events are highly disturbing, though neither woman was raped, as newly circulating rumors are suggesting. Also despite recent rumors and postings, only these three recent incidents have been reported and they are currently being investigated by San Diego Police.
This recent flyer is almost a handwritten accounting of the events surrounding the stalker on 9/17. It is yet another flyer to be circulated around town in recent weeks with errors. While the simple facts of the report are stated above, this recent flyer, too, continues to propagate several misleading statements and other rumors floating around town which have wrongly raised fears and false alarms.
These false references on several flyers, and subsequent rumors, are claiming additional serious crimes have occurred, including rape, murder and attempted kidnapping, all of which have not been reported to Police.
Only the events reported on 8/15, 8/25 and 9/17 are active police investigations, as noted above.
Official updates regarding the stalking incident on 9/17, along with information regarding active investigations of the two August incidents, are eagerly anticipated and may be available from SDPD during their regular address at the upcoming OB Town Council meeting, which is open to the public next Wednesday, 9/26, from 7 to 9pm.