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Stalker accused of drilling hole in woman’s apartment wall to spy on her

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A Mount Vernon, Washington man is accused of boring a hole in the wall of a woman he was infatuated with to watch her, according to a Jan. 9, 2014 KOMO News report.

Police say Gonzalo Ortiz-Navarrette drilled a hole not once, but twice, in the woman’s apartment wall in the bedroom area of the home.

Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock told KOMO, “We believe that he had entered the storeroom on the back side of her studio apartment and bored a hole so that he could see into the bedroom area of the home… He’s in a place where he’s not supposed to be, looking into an area that’s very personal and private. That’s illegal.”

The female victim told authorities she had the same problem about three months ago when she found a hole in the wall of her apartment and discovered Ortiz-Navarrete, 26, in the storeroom, but did not call police. Instead, according to Cammock, she confronted Ortiz-Navarrete and told him to “never to return again” and then fixed the hole in the apartment wall.

On the alleged second occasion she called police, who found Ortiz-Navarrete in her apartment when they arrived, along with a hole drilled in the wall, KOMO reports.

The suspect reportedly met the victim about a year ago after working on her vehicle. Detectives believe he became interested in her, but the victim did not reciprocate the interest.

Ortiz-Navarrete was booked into the Skagit County Jail following his arrest.

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