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College student spots strange man lurking outside her home

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A Gwinnett County woman is warning about her experience after police arrested a Peeping Tom suspect for watching her and a friend through a window.

The victim, who asked not to be identified, is a college student who was at her home on Morning Dew Place when 53-year-old Pedro Vanegas crept outside her home and spied on her and a friend.

The victim didn’t realize what had happened until she saw Vanegas on her home’s surveillance camera system the next day.

The video helped lead police right to Vanegas.

“Had I see it in the present moment, I would have been fearful for my life,” the victim said. “It makes me kind of sick. He seemed way too comfortable. This is probably not his first time.”

When Venegas was arrested this month, the victim and her friend realized that he actually lived in their neighborhood.

“You never really know, like, who it is or who it could be,” she said.

The victim is speaking out now to make more women aware of who may be lurking and watching without them even knowing.

“Sexual harassment, sexual assault, those things happen,” she said. “Those things are real life, and I’m very fortunate to have a case where he was just looking.”

Vanegas is facing four charges, including two felony Peeping Tom charges, but is already out on a $9600 bond.


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