Man accused of peeking at woman faces felony

Port resident charged with stalking after victim says she repeatedly caught him watching her in her apartment
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A 44-year-old Port Washington man accused of repeatedly peeking into the apartment of a woman who lived in the same complex has been charged with a felony in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Erik J. Karpf faces one count of stalking and is being held in the Ozaukee County jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Sandy Williams for a preliminary hearing next week.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police that beginning in January, shortly after she moved into an apartment complex on South Spring Street in Port Washington, she noticed Karpf watching her and repeatedly caught him peeking into her windows, sometimes late at night when she was in bed.

At first, the woman said, she noticed Karpf standing by the window of his apartment watching her as she left her apartment. She said that when Karpf would see her, he would suddenly leave his apartment, approach her and ask if he could do favors for her, like taking out the garbage, the complaint states.

Then on a night in February, the woman said, she got home from work shortly before 11 p.m. and went to her bedroom, where she took off some of her clothes and lay on her bed. A short time later she heard noise outside her apartment and looked out the window to see Karpf peeking in at her, according to the complaint.

On a night in March, the woman said, she returned home from work and saw Karpf watching her from his apartment. She went to her apartment and put on her pajamas, then heard noises outside and looked out her living room window to see Karpf staring at her. He left, but a short time later the woman heard noises again and looked out the peephole in her door to see Karpf looking at her through the peep hole, the complaint states.

At 3 a.m., the woman said, her doorbell started ringing.

The woman notified police and on March 27 called them again to report that Karpf was standing outside her window smoking a cigarette.

Officer Jerry Nye responded and saw Karpf outside the woman’s apartment. Nye  said it appeared as if Karpf was bending down to peer into the woman’s bedroom and, after approaching Karpf, Nye noticed there was a small gap in the curtains that allowed Karpf to see into the woman’s bedroom, according to the complaint.

Karpf told Nye that his apartment faces the parking lot of the complex and that he watches everyone come and go. Karpf admitted peaking into the woman’s window, adding that he was just curious and was looking at a cat on her bed, the complaint states.

If Karpf posts bail and is released from custody, he has been ordered by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy to stay at least 1,000 feet away from the woman and not have contact with her apartment. Malloy also ordered Karpf to maintain absolute sobriety and wear a remote alcohol monitoring device.

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