Sheriff: Tips Wanted To ID Rochester Hills And Troy Prowler [VIDEO]

WWJ News
October 11, 2019 - 2:53 pm

(WWJ) He crept into a home and touched a sleeping woman's leg. Other times he peered into windows. 

Oakland County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for help as they work to identify a prowler sought in connection with a series of alleged crimes in Rochester Hills and Troy.

The suspect -- described as a black male, possibly around 20 years old, with a thin build, short hair, and a possible goatee -- is believed to have been involved in multiple incidents in dating back to March 2019.

“It appears this individual may be escalating his behavior with the home invasion in the City of Troy,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard, in a statement Friday. “We want this guy off the streets as soon as possible.”

In most cases, investigators say, he was caught looking into windows or sliding doors before running away.

Prowler
(Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)
However, in July, the prowler twice entered a house in Troy; one of those times entering a bedroom while he touched a sleeping resident's leg. When the woman woke and screamed, he ran away. 

Since the first incident was reported in March 2019, there have been five confirmed reports in the City of Rochester Hills and one in Troy, according to the sheriff's office. These incidents have mainly occurred on the south side of Rochester Hills including on Monterey, Hazelton, Dearborn and Villanova Streets.

There are other reports which investigators believe are related but have not been able to be confirmed yet.

Some of the incidents were captured on Ring Doorbell footage and security cameras.

“Troy Police Detectives have been vigorously pursuing all leads in the home invasion which occurred in Troy, and we are eager to get this suspect off the streets,” said Troy Police Chief Frank Nastasi. “We are asking all residents to report any information related to this case.”

As the investigation continues, any other residents who may have been a victim of this prowler should contact the sheriff's office or their local police. 

Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587). As always, tipsters may stay 100 percent anonymous, will not be asked their names, to speak to police or to testify in court.