A Fort Lee man has been charged with peering and stalking after admitting that he looked into the window of a North Bergen woman’s home after dark on two separate occasions, authorities said.Â
According to North Bergen Police Sgt. Bronson Jusino, the victim set up a surveillance camera on June 30 and July 1 after suspecting a peeping Tom had been looking into the window of her Marine Road home.
At about 1 a.m. on June 30, and then around 9:30 p.m. on July 1, a man stopped by her window “for three or four seconds” and continued to walk out of the camera’s range, before circling back and trying to look inside her window one more time, Jusino said.
Hudson County View has obtained a portion of the surveillance footage released publicly.
Today, the man, Erik Jimenez, 32, of Fort Lee, turned himself in and admitted he was the one caught on tape, though added that he never saw anyone inside the apartment, officials said.
Police Chief Robert Dowd clarified that police detectives canvased several buildings in Guttenberg and Fort Lee before identifying and contacting the suspect.
Jusino added that Jimenez – who has no criminal history – was “really upset and embarrassed,” apologetic and said he did not know the victim. “He’s not a threat to society,” the police sergeant also said.
He is charged with stalking and peering, both fourth degree crimes, and had bail set at $2,500 – with a 10 percent option – by Judge Nino Falcone.
Jusino also stated that police officers stopped a suspicious person on the street throughout the course of the investigation, but that person turned out not to be the suspect in question.