Eastside prowling suspect who victimized young women arrested


David Arnold Laman

By Joe Johnson

A suspicions man who reportedly peered into the homes and attempted to open doors of young women at their eastside apartments last month was arrested Sunday afternoon.

David Arnold Laman, 22, of Canton was arrested on warrants charging him with two felony counts of peeping Tom and two misdemeanor counts of loitering or prowling, according to Athens-Clarke County police reports, the incidents all happened the afternoon of July 14 at apartments on Herman Street, located between Vine and Arch streets.

Laman allegedly first went to a Herman Street apartment where he tried pulling on the handle of a back door but could not get in. Police said when Laman noticed a neighbor in her yard, he asked about her dog before going to the front of the first apartment and looked through windows.

When the 21-year-old resident spoke with Laman through her Ring doorbell camera, he gave the names of two females and asked if they lived there. When told they didn’t, he then went to another apartment, saying he was looking for two different females, according to police.

The 20-year-old resident there reportedly told police that she answered the door while holding her dog, and that while speaking with Laman, the suspect asked for two females who did not live there, and he kept looking past her, as if to see if anyone else was home.

After shutting the door and locking it, the young woman said that Laman looked through her front window before going around to try opening the locked back door and looking through rear windows.

Police posted on their Facebook page photos of the suspect from the Ring camera, but that resulted in no tips, according to Lt. Shaun Barnett.

“Investigators were able to canvass the area for security cameras and came across surveillance video that captured the suspect’s vehicle and tag number, said Barnett ACCPD’s public information officer, “They were then able to positively identify the suspect.

Barnett said that Laman had no affiliation with the University of Georgia and he did not immediately know if the victims were college students.


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