Student jailed for looking in window
ASHLAND — A 40-year-old Southern Oregon University student is serving more than two months in jail after he was caught looking in a bedroom window Friday night near the university.
Troy Fretwell pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempted invasion of personal privacy before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack, court records show. He is in the Jackson County Jail until Nov. 10, his scheduled release date. A charge of criminal trespass was dropped.
Ashland police arrested Fretwell Friday night after a neighbor caught him looking in a window and detained him.
Detectives don't know whether Fretwell is responsible for a string of prowler incidences reported in the area of Lincoln and Garfield streets in the last month, Ashland police Lt. Corey Falls said. But there are similarities between Friday's incident and several of the other cases, Falls said.
At 10:15 p.m. on Friday, an Ashland resident said he saw Fretwell walk through his yard to his neighbor's yard, where Fretwell stepped onto the patio and peered through the bedroom window, according to the police report.
The witness told police he asked Fretwell if he could help him, and Fretwell ran away. The witness chased after Fretwell while calling 9-1-1 and was able to detain him until police arrived, Falls said.
Falls said a composite drawing the department released of the prowler looks somewhat like Fretwell.
"There's similar traits and characteristics with the composite so it might be the same guy," he said. "There's some similarities in the physical description."
Police described the prowler suspect as 18 to 30 years old, white and 5-feet-6-inches to 6-feet tall, with a medium build, brown hair and a freckled complexion.
It's also possible that more than one person has been prowling the area in recent months, so police are still being vigilant, Falls said.
Fretwell works part-time as a Web designer for Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc., which is based in Medford. According to SOREDI's Web site, Fretwell moved to Ashland in 2007 after receiving an associate degree in business from Salt Lake Community College. He is majoring in business administration at SOU.
Reach Ashland Daily Tidings reporter Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or email@example.com.