An alleged peeping Tom in James City County was arrested on Jan. 26 and faces an additional charge of peering into windows after police say they connected the man to a previous incident in the same neighborhood.
Dylan Durussel, 25, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of peeping into an occupied dwelling, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.
On Jan. 14 around 10:30 p.m., a witness called police and told officers they saw Durussel looking in the window of a home in the 400 block of Chesdale Court, Williams said. The witness knows Durussel.
Officers found Durussel at his home and charged him with peeping into an occupied dwelling, according to Williams. Durussel was released with a summons to appear in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, according to online court records.
When Durussel was confronted by police about the incident, they asked him to retrieve the shoes he had worn, according to a neighbor and witness to the incident who did not wish to be named due to fear of retaliation.
When Durussel fetched a pair of sneakers, the witness said he stepped in and told the officers he had seen Durussel wear a pair of boots and enter a thicket near the victim’s home.
Durussel then retrieved a pair of boots that matched the boot prints beneath the victim’s window, the witness said in an email.
After the incident, officers compared a shoe print of the Jan. 14 incident to a previous one at the same address on Dec. 27, according to Williams.
In December, a victim called the police and told them a man had opened their children’s bedroom window from the outside, Williams said. Officers located boot prints in a muddy area beneath the window.
Officers matched the shoe prints from the two incidents and filed an additional peeping Tom charge against Durussel on Jan. 24, according to Williams.
Durussel turned himself into the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on Jan. 26, Williams said. Durussel is out on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on both charges at 2 p.m. on March 26.
If convicted to the maximum extent of the law, Durussel faces as much as two years in jail and $5,000 in fines, according to the Virginia Code.
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