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Voyeurism reports may be related, police say

Ray Garcia


The Bellingham Police Department has released a composite sketch of a male they believe may be committing acts of voyeurism and lewd conduct near Western.

There have been at least 33 reports of indecent exposure, lewd behavior or voyeurism in 2017 on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods, according to police records.

On Nov. 6, a student was walking near south campus when a man called out to her from his parked car while masturbating.

During the Halloween weekend, a man exposed himself to a female student from outside the Ridgeway Gamma residence hall.

A composite sketch of a man who may be connected to recent voyeurism incidents. // Photo from the Bellingham Police Department.

On Oct. 25, a man was found masturbating outside of a home on the 1000 block of North Garden Street.

Police were unable to locate the perpetrators, and now believe the incidents may be tied to one suspect, acording to a report released by police spokesperson Danette Beckley.

A witness may have spotted the suspect in the voyeurism cases on Halloween at the 800 block of North Garden Street, according to the report. The witness, who is familiar with the neighborhood, reported someone behaving unusually.

The physical descriptors of the person in the composite match that of the suspect in the voyeurism cases, Beckley said in the report.

If anyone has information on the incidents or feels unsafe, they are urged to call 911 or University Police at 360-650-3911.


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