A peaceful evening in the safety of her home turned to the thing of nightmares for Anesha Douglas.
The Quitman resident was shocked to discover an unwanted guest at her front door.
“It scared me so much. I was sitting in the living room when he was looking in the door. I was just sitting there when I heard my Ring camera go off,” recounted Anesha. “When my camera went off, I questioned if someone was at my door and looked at the notification. The notification that popped up said there was someone in my front yard. I pulled it up and looked and saw where he was at my door.”
She wisely reported the incident to the police and provided them with the evidence they would need to identify the Peeping Tom.
“I didn’t know who it was, and it scared me. I ran and locked myself in my room and called my parents and told them to come over and then called the police. I wasn’t on the phone with my parents ten seconds before calling dispatch. I don’t know who I was talking to from dispatch, but she stayed on the phone with me and helped me calm down while I was having a panic attack. She stayed on the phone with me until my parents arrived,” described Anesha. “Once the police got there, I showed them the video and they went out and started searching for him, but he was nowhere to be found. At the time, no one could identify him, so I put the video on Facebook to see if anyone could identify him there.”
By the next day, the police had taken all of the evidence and were able to identify the suspect.
“We identified him pretty quickly,” stated Quitman Police Chief Mike McCarra. “He will be charged with voyeurism, which is a felony, when we arrest him.”
Anesha intends to continue through with the charges she pressed on the Peeping Tom. She doesn’t want anyone else to be in such a dangerous situation.
“That was really dangerous. You don’t know what he could’ve intended to do, and there are a lot of children and older adults who live in this neighborhood,” expressed Anesha. “I definitely wouldn’t want this to happen to anybody else.”
After this experience, Anesha realizes that it is important to stay vigilant, even in the moments of rest. She encourages everyone around her to do the same.
“I just want everybody to be careful,” advised Anesha. “Watch your surroundings, and don’t get too comfortable.”