EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A random crime leaves a peaceful East Alton, IL, neighborhood in fear – especially for the women who live there.
Joshua Brockman, 27, of Grafton, is charged with aggravated stalking, unlawful restraint, and public indecency.
He was locked up in the Madison County Jail, Monday, with bail set at $200,000.
Investigators said they set up surveillance cameras and caught him in the act.
He’s accused of standing outside a woman’s bedroom window in the dark, on three separate occasions from April 19th through May 1st, while wearing a mask, making lewd comments to the victim, and performing indecent acts on himself.
FOX2 News checked Brockman’s criminal history and found he’d done prison time for similar crimes in Jersey and Madison counties.
He was paroled on those convictions last May.
The victim’s neighbors said he did not know his victim. No one knew for certain when he started stalking her.
They applauded investigators for taking the victim seriously after she first reported the crime.
“Exactly, he could have picked any of our houses. That’s very scary, especially with all the stuff that’s going on this day and age,” said Joni Siglar, who lived down the street from the victim.
“I’m glad they didn’t take it as a prank. Who knows how it could have progressed.
Thankfully everybody’s safe. He wasn’t hurt and the guy is where he belongs,” said another neighbor, Misty Shaw.
“This is a good neighborhood, a very good neighborhood. Our kids are out playing. We don’t have any problems and then this. It’s just spooky,” said Siglar’s boyfriend, Brian Lavigne. “If he was brazen enough to stand outside her windows and talk what would he have done next?”
Brockman’s also charged with burglary for allegedly stealing a woman’s purse from a car a couple of blocks from the stalking scene.