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Man accused of entering homes, watching women sleep in Shelton

Man accused of entering homes, watching women sleep in Shelton. (Photo: KOMO News)

SHELTON, Wash. - Police in Shelton are warning residents to lock their doors and windows, after reports of a strange man entering into homes and watching women sleep.

Early Thursday morning, expectant mom Jerica Northness and her boyfriend Brian McCartney faced a starling surprise at their home on West Alder Street.

“I kind of just woke up and I was like, 'wow somebody is looking at me,'” said Jerica Northness. "It started to kind of hit me and that's when I started to like panic."

Under the early morning darkness an unknown man, police say, walked right into the Shelton couple’s unlocked home and watched them sleep.

“It just felt like such a violation,” said Brian McCartney. “It sort of shakes us to our core as far as our sense of security.”

Police sais it’s the second time the crime has happened in a matter of weeks.

Seven blocks away from the couple’s home, the first incident occurred on April 6. Shelton Police said a woman reported she woke up around 4:30 a.m. with an unknown man in her home attempting to take her socks off.

“It is unknown if these cases are linked or not,” said Officer Christopher Kostad who is with the Shelton Police Department.

Northness said the man who entered her home had a cell phone in his hand and its light helped expose his face. The suspect is described as young white man, 6 feet tall with shaggy brown hair.

The man, they said, casually and quietly walked out their back door.

“It’s very concerning regarding the safety of our residents of the city of Shelton,” said Officer Kostad.

Northless and McCartney said they’ve heard this crime has happening to others who haven’t reported it– and police aren’t counting it out.

“To me, I think it was even creepier that he didn’t take anything,” said Northness. “The only thing he was interested in was watching people.”

Police said the suspect left tracks in the couple’s yard. The parents-to-be say they’ll be taking precautions to make sure this bizarre crime doesn’t happen again.

“If you can’t feel safe in your own bed,” said McCartney. “Where can you feel safe?”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Shelton Police Detective Moran at (360) 432-5184.

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