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SOU student jailed after police say he peeked into bedroom

A 40-year-old Southern Oregon University student remains in the county jail this morning after Ashland police say he was caught looking into a bedroom window near the university Friday.

Troy Fretwell could be responsible for the string of prowler reports police have received in the last month, said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

Officers have been searching for a man they say has been looking in women's bedroom windows at night in the area of Lincoln and Garfield streets.

Fretwell was booked into the jail on two charges of criminal trespassing and one charge of attempting to invade personal privacy. His bail is set at $5,000. The case has been referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Fretwell is a part-time Web designer for Medford-based Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.

At 10:15 p.m. on Friday, a resident said he saw a man walk through his yard to his neighbor's yard, where the man stepped onto the patio and peered through the bedroom window, according to the police report.

The witness told police he asked the man if he could help him, and the man ran away. The witness chased the man while calling 9-1-1 and was able to detain him until police arrived, Falls said.

Detectives have seen similarities between Friday's incident and several of the previously reported prowler cases, Falls said. However, he said it is possible that more than one person has been prowling in the area.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

This is an artist's rendition of the suspect.