Two arrested in Hoquiam in voyeurism incident

A 25-year-old Hoquiam man who is a registered sex offender has been arrested by Hoquiam police for voyeurism after he allegedly poked holes in the ceiling of a woman’s apartment so he could spy on her.

Charges are also pending against another man in the same case.

Last week, police were called to an apartment building in the 2800 block of Simpson Avenue when a woman who lives in the building reported she had heard noises in the attic area above her bedroom at about 3 a.m. She told police she started banging on the ceiling with a broom and then could hear someone climbing down from the attic. As she opened the door of her apartment, she allegedly saw her downstairs neighbor running down the stairs toward his own apartment.

The woman told officers she discovered holes had been made in the bedroom ceiling above her bed.

Officers contacted the 25-year-old man in the lower apartment, a level I registered sex offender. Officers also identified the neighbor’s roommate, a 26-year old Hoquiam man. Both said they didn’t know anything about the incident.

The 25-year old man was later arrested on a Hoquiam warrant and booked in the Hoquiam Jail, which is currently open for a warrant sweep. The man was interviewed about the alleged incident and continued to deny any knowledge of it.

Hoquiam detectives pressed their investigation, performing a polygraph examination of the sex offender and interviewing the roommate. Through continued interviews, detectives allegedly learned the sex offender and roommate had punched holes in the ceiling of the apartment to spy on the woman.

The 25-year old sex offender was booked into the county jail on suspicion of Voyeurism, a felony; charges are pending on the 26-year old roommate.