Second man arrested in peeping Tom cases at same house two nights in a row

Sex offender arrested in peeping Tom case, police still searching for second peeper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A second man has joined a registered sex offender behind bars after they were both accused in two separate peeping Tom cases at the same south Charlotte home.

The incidents happened in the early morning hours of October 4 and 5 at a home on Thuringer Court. The victim saw one of the men on the second night looking into one of her windows. Police say when the victim saw him peeping in her window, he “casually walked away on foot.”

When she reported it and looked at her surveillance video, she saw a different man had been at the same window the night before.

On Saturday, police said they had identified the Oct. 5 suspect as 29-year-old Tavares Phifer. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor peeping.

Tavares Phifer
Tavares Phifer (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)

Just days before Phifer’s arrest, police identified the Oct. 4 suspect as 61-year-old Timothy Scott Martin. They say Martin, who was convicted of second-degree rape in 2001, removed a light outside the home then remained there for a short time before leaving on foot.

Martin was arrested and also charged with misdemeanor secret peeping.

Timothy Scott Martin
Timothy Scott Martin (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)

“We’re all living our lives, we don’t need these people interrupting our lives in this disgusting manner,” Jim Rowe, who lives in the neighborhood, told WBTV on Tuesday.

Several residents said the neighborhood was on edge after the incidents were reported.

“I was really scared, because it felt like it was a sexual predator,” another neighbor said.

She and others nearby say they have all gotten closer as neighbors while trying to track the men down.

They say they try not to live in fear, but wanted both men caught. One woman in the neighborhood said she recognized Martin in the video and told police.

Woman reports peeping toms on back-to-back nights in south Charlotte

CMPD said tips and information from the public were crucial to both Phifer and Martin’s arrests. They urge anyone with further information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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