82ºF

Police: Man caught watching 2 women through window

Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of James Richard Etter Jr.
Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of James Richard Etter Jr.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 26-year-old man was arrested Sunday and charged with loitering and prowling after two women spotted him watching them through their window, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

The incident happened in the 300 block of NW 15 Terrace about 11 p.m. Sunday night. The two women told police they yelled at the man, later identified as James Richard Etter Jr., and he fled to a car parked nearby.

The women described the man as a large build, wearing a tan shirt and dark pants and that the car he left in was silver.

A Gainesville police officer spotted the car in traffic and pulled Etter over. The officer said Etter was sweating excessively, breathing heavy and had his jeans partially unzipped.

Police said Etter has been stopped and interviewed recently on other prowling cases and claimed to be an Uber driver to explain being in certain areas.

Both victims in the case were brought to the traffic stop and both positively identified Etter.