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Police: Serial peeper arrested outside woman's Gresham apartment

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Nicholas Ellis, booking photo Nicholas Ellis, booking photo

A man who has been arrested at least twice in the last eight months for allegedly leering into women's windows was arrested again outside a Gresham apartment complex.

Nicholas Ellis, 31, was arraigned in court Wednesday on charges of invasion of personal privacy and criminal trespassing.

According to court documents, a Gresham woman reported seeing a movement out of the corner of her eye at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday. She told police she went to the window, looked through the blinds and saw a man with his back against the wall and his head directed at the window.

The woman told police she had just taken a shower and was only wearing a shirt at the time.

She believed the man had positioned his body against the wall of the apartment on West Powell Boulevard in an attempt to avoid being detected, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman then called her mom, entered her bedroom and again spotted the suspect looking through her bedroom window, court documents state.

She then called 911.

When police arrived at the scene, an officer recognized a man walking away from the apartment as someone who had been contacted regarding a similar report a week earlier.

In that case, a woman reported a man standing on her back porch. Ellis was arrested on an outstanding warrant at that time, according to Gresham police.

Court documents state the officer approached the man early Wednesday morning and asked what he was doing. The man, identified as Ellis, replied that he was waiting for a friend named Jeremy.

A probable cause affidavit states the man denied looking in any windows. However, when asked what his friend Jeremy's last name was, court documents state Ellis replied, "It's whatever you want it to be. I don't know. I'm not telling you."

Police reports show that Ellis was arrested in January after a woman spotted him in her back yard looking through a window after he had triggered motion-detecting lights.

He is charged with criminal trespassing in that case in Portland.

An additional Portland police report shows Ellis was also arrested in November. A woman stated she noticed a man in her backyard. After making eye contact, she ran to lock her back door.

Court documents state Ellis went to the door and put his fingers to his lips in a "shushing" manner. The woman ran upstairs and called 911 as she heard a banging at the door. Police arrived and arrested Ellis near the home.

Ellis is due back in court on his most recent charges in August.

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