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Columbus Police Turn To Crime Stoppers In Hilltop “Creeper” Case
Columbus Police have turned to Crime Stoppers to help with the Hilltop “creeperâ€ case. WOSU reports people living in the area continue to worry, but remain vigilant.
â€œI stay up almost all night long just making sure that no oneâ€™s peeping around my house,” Hilltop resident Jennifer Coleman says.
Coleman has three young children. She says she used to sleep upstairs with them.
â€œI sleep downstairs now. That way if anyone messes around my house I know. And I keep all my doors and windows locked. Half the time during the day I do.â€
Columbus Police Sergeant Dave Pelphrey says women who live on the West Side should be cautious.
â€œRight now the victims have all been female. Theyâ€™ve been both black and white and the age range runs from 15 being the youngest to the mid-40s,” Pelphrey says. “Theyâ€™ve been single females in the residence, but thereâ€™s been several of the incidences where there have been other people in the house.â€
The â€œcreeperâ€ enters the homes through unlocked windows and doors. Some of the women have been touched in a sexual manner. And police fear the crimes could escalate if the â€œcreeperâ€ is not found.
Police released a vague description of the person theyâ€™re looking for: African American, tall, medium build and between 20 and 40 years old.
â€œWaking someone up at 4 oâ€™clock in the morning, or 5 oâ€™clock in the morning, they just arenâ€™t able to give us a good description of their assailant,” Pelphrey says.
21-year-old Hilltop resident Tara Sout says sheâ€™s not taking any chances.
â€œMake sure our doors are locked, make sure all of our windows are down and locked at night. We make sure everythingâ€™s just dead bolted.â€ And Stout says she has a weapon, â€œI carry a knife with me at all times.â€
Pelphrey says he hopes the Crime Stoppers reward will incentivize people to call with information .
â€œWhen we need tips and we want tips and more tips, this is how we get them,” he says.
The â€œcreeperâ€ has entered 19 homes in the Hilltop and Franklinton areas during the past nine months. The last incident was almost two weeks ago.