RIVERDALE — Riverdale Police Chief Todd Spivey says the Riverdale Police Department has identified Javaries Wilson, 35, as the suspect in recent peeping Tom incidents around town and that he will be charged with peeping Tom. A warrant was pending as of press time, Spivey said.
A check of Clayton County court records showed Wilson has previous arrests for peeping Tom in 2009, as well as for child molestation in 2006. Wilson pleaded nolle prosse in those cases.
The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office had said the suspect tried to block a security camera at the rear of the Brooks Crossing Apartments, 8050 Taylor Road, but his image was caught anyway.
The security image shows a man with a thin mustache and a medium-length low fade, wearing what appears to be a black T-shirt and red pullover or hoodie under a black leather or vinyl jacket.
After the alleged incident took place around 2 a.m. on Jan. 2, CCSO says the man came back at 8:51 p.m. and peeped into the same apartment again. The resident scared him off.
CCSO says the same suspect also may have struck a home off Valley Hill Road.
“We don’t get these kind of things reported to us too often,” Spivey said. “It’s easy to assume that someone who’s peeping in someone’s windows is up to no good. On the small end of the spectrum, he might just want to see if anyone’s home. To the other end of the spectrum, he might want to see if someone’s there because he has some sort of obsession with the person. Either way, it’s not good.”
To deter prying eyes, Spivey urges residents to take these precautions:
♦ Always secure exterior points of entry and exit at night.
♦ Always cover windows.
♦ Never leave a window unlocked when you’re not home.
♦ Always close your blinds at night.
♦ Leave certain lights on; better yet, put lights on a timer to make it look like someone’s home.
“Criminals are always looking for easy targets,” Spivey said, “and you invite them to identify you as an easy target by being complacent.”