Glendale police arrested a 37-year-old man twice in one week, who is accused of sniffing women at a Barnes and Noble once again.
Sex Offender Has Multiple Arrests But Back On Streets
Calese Crowder, a 36-year-old ex-convict, was arrested Friday on suspicion of peeping into a residence in Glendale while a family, including children, were at home.
Crowder has a history of prowling offenses and is the same man seen in viral TikTok videos appearing to crouch behind women sniffing their butts at a Los Angeles area Barnes & Noble bookstore.
One of his victims demands Los Angeles authorities take the perverted prowler more seriously.
Michaela Witter posted about her encounter on TikTok, and the video went viral. She said at least 20 other women contacted her with similar stories.
She first noticed him staring at her through a hole in a bookshelf.
“I couldn’t tell if I was being paranoid or if he was just reading a book,” she said. Then he kept following her, so she recorded it “just in case he was trying to say anything or do anything to me.”
The suspect then crouched behind her, saying nothing and not touching her, before going over to another woman and allegedly doing the same thing.
“He’ll crouch down low and pretend like he’s doing something and then smell? I don’t know,” she said.
When she asked him what he was doing, he told her he was tying his shoe.
“I’m relieved that he was arrested again, but I, unfortunately, don’t have high expectations with him being kept there for long,” said Witter, one of at least two women who caught Crowder on video sneaking up behind them in the Burbank bookstore.
Days after her post, a man pointed out on social media the sniffer affected multiple women.
“Detectives will be speaking with other potential victims to confirm it is the same person they encountered,” a police statement said regarding the Barnes and Noble sniffing incidents.
The repeat offender has been in and out of police custody since at least 2005, records show.
He served time in state prison on burglary and robbery charges and last Tuesday pleaded no contest to peeping and prowling. He was freed from custody hours later despite a 60-day jail sentence under California’s laws.
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