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Woman creeped out by man who claims to be watching her

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River Falls police cited a 45-year-old local man for disorderly conduct after he allegedly approached a young woman sitting on her front porch to say that he'd been watching her and her roommates changing clothes in front of their windows. The incident occurred Sunday evening in the 100 block of North Fourth Street.

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The woman was talking on her cell phone when the man pulled up in his car in front of her house. She said the man was soon looking her up and down and asked if she was the one he'd seen naked in the window.

As if to reassure her that he meant no harm, the man at one point claimed to be gay. Later, however, he said he was straight. The woman said the man's questions, stares and mannerisms made her feel sick and violated.

She went inside her house and a roommate phoned for help. Officers quickly found the suspect in a room he rents on the same block as where the woman lives.

The man was tested for alcohol use and found to be intoxicated. Offers said his explanations of the incident with the neighbor woman were incoherent.

The man was warned about his actions and given a $177 disorderly fine.

Also in the past week, police:

--Arrested a 31-year-old local man for disorderly conduct after he allegedly argued with his wife in their apartment, punched a hole in the bedroom wall and then pursued her when she fled with their two young children to the Turningpoint domestic abuse shelter. The man and his father were both at Turningpoint, where employees there kept telling them to leave. Officers arrived and took the 31-year-old man for booking at the police station. The case has gone to the district attorney.

--Cited two high school boys, one 17 and one 15, for underage drinking at the school's Homecoming dance Friday night. Both allegedly seemed to be under the influence, but both kept denying that they had been drinking. Tests for alcohol consumption showed otherwise and they were given fines. Parents of each boy were called so they could fetch their sons.

For more, please read Police Beat in the Oct. 13 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
(715) 426-1050
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