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Police arrest prowler in San Luis Obispo

Juan Francisco Rodriguez Espino
San Luis Obispo Police Department
Juan Francisco Rodriguez Espino, 35, of San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Police arrest a prowler peeping in a neighborhood in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday.

Police arrested Juan Francisco Rodriguez Espino, 35, of San Luis Obispo for prowling.

On Tuesday night around 11:40 p.m., San Luis Obispo Police Department detectives conducted a surveillance on the 900 block of Boysen in response to an increase in prowling incidents being reported.

Epsino was identified as a suspect after evidence recovered from a peeping/prowling incident was reported to the police department on November 17 on the 800 block of Boysen.

After that incident, detectives gathered additional evidence linking Espino to a total of four prowling incidents dating back to October 2018.

All those incidents happened near the 800 block of Boysen.

On Tuesday night, detectives followed Espino to the 900 block of Boysen where they found him behind a closed office, hiding in bushes near a window. Currently, detectives do not know what his motivation was for being on that property.

Detectives found the three incidents, dating back to 2018 where a male suspect targeted different women preparing for bed, to be sexually motivated.

Detectives believe Espino to be the suspect in those incidents.

Police transported Espino to the police department where he was interviewed before being booked at the County jail.

His bail is set $2,000.

Police encouraged residents along with the student population to remain vigilant about their personal safety and to immediately report any suspicious activity.

They also encourage people to keep blinds into private areas closed in order to decrease the risk of being targeted.

Crime / Safety / San Luis Obispo County

Julia Nguyen

Julia Nguyen is an assignment editor and social media coordinator at KEYT|KCOY|KKFX.