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'I feel violated and unsafe': Voyeur exposing himself to young women in Bellingham

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A voyeur has been exposing himself to young women in Bellingham just outside their homes in the dark of night.

Five new cases were reported over the weekend, and each one happened in the neighborhood surrounding Western Washington University and Laurel Park.

“In at least two of the cases, the person inside the home saw the man exposing his penis and masturbating,” said Lt. Claudia Murphy with the Bellingham Police Department.

"It was a pretty scary experience for all of us," said Jessica Hawkins, who shares a rental home with some friends along North Garden Street.

Over the weekend, Hawkins' roommate heard a man rustling and burping outside her bedroom window in the middle of the night. Police were called but the man vanished by the time they arrived.

“I feel violated and unsafe,” said Hawkins.

The cameras perched in the home’s windows didn’t stop the man from lurking outside. Hawkins roommates also installed draperies on all the windows last year when a voyeur first visited their home in 2017.

All five recent cases happened within blocks of one another over a two-day period.

“It’s either the same person or someone doing the exact same thing," Murphy said. "There is no way for us to know unless we make an arrest and they confess."

Police say these cases are happening in very same neighborhood where 20 nearly identical incidents were reported last year.

“We had some very specific incidents where there is a light or a light from a phone that the person from inside could see,” said Murphy. “When they look out they could see a male figure masturbating or a male figure exposing his penis.”

These cases have never been solved because the voyeur slips away before police can catch him.

“I hope at some point they can catch who is doing this so it doesn’t happen to other people and that we can start to feel comfortable in our home again,” said Hawkins.

Police are asking neighbors to cover their windows when it gets dark and to turn their porch lights on.

Bellingham Police are desperate to solve this case. If you have any information you can call police at: 360-778-8611.

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