KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - After receiving several complaints, Kentwood police have arrested a man suspected of being a serial window peeper.
Clanford Anthony Howard, 43, was arrested on Tuesday during a surveillance operation after investigators caught him prowling at one apartment complex and peeping into windows at another, police said.
The investigation into Howard began after the police department received complaints of someone peeping into windows of single-family homes and apartment complexes in the areas of Burton Street and East Paris Avenue and Burton Street and Patterson Avenue.
At the time he was arrested, Howard was on probation and out on bond for peeping charges in Grand Rapids.
He also has three similar previous convictions dating back to 1999. He pleaded guilty to 1999 and 2001 window peeping cases and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stalking in 2012.
"Apparently that doesn't seem to phase him whatsoever, because he continues to do it," Jodi Tamminga, the victim in that stalking case, said.
Tamminga said Howard peeped through her bedroom window. In documents requesting a personal protection order, she called him obsessed, psychotic, and dangerous.
"I do not know what he's capable of," she wrote at the time.
"My sense of safety, feeling safe in my own home, was taken from me. I would even be nervous to go outside after dark," Tamminga told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.
She installed alarms and got a few dogs to calm her fears.
"Extremely, extremely frightening. It even crosses my mind still today," she said.
Tamminga knew Howard from church. It's not clear if there's a connection between him and the two most recent victims. It is known that he lives close to where the latest alleged peeping incidents happened.
After reviewing the most recent case, the Kent County Prosecutor's Office decided to issue warrants for Howard for two counts of window peeping because of the "repetitive nature of Howard's acts," Kentwood police said.
Howard was arraigned on the charges on Wednesday in Kentwood district court. A judge set his bail at $5,000. He remained jailed Wednesday night on the two misdemeanor peeping charges.
The woman who answered the phone Wednesday at a number listed for Howard's wife in court documents hung up on 24 Hour News 8.
If you have additional information in the case, call the Kentwood Police Department at 616.656.6600.
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