Suspected La Crosse peeper caught with underpants, binoculars, gunA La Crosse man caught peeping in a woman's windows early Sunday had bags of underwear, binoculars and a handgun inside his truck, according to police reports.
By: By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis., Superior Telegram
A La Crosse man caught peeping in a woman's windows early Sunday had bags of underwear, binoculars and a handgun inside his truck, according to police reports.
Police were called just after 1:45 a.m. when the 50-year-old woman in the 300 block of North 10th St. said a security camera showed a shirtless man, later identified as 45-year-old Paul Ruoff, approach her bedroom window, according to reports. The woman said she had installed the camera after seeing the suspect peeping in other windows and acting strangely. She said she was sitting outside her home in June when he approached her, naked, and asked what time it was.
Police stopped Ruoff's truck nearby. He denied looking in windows and said he was just driving around checking on his rental properties, though he admitted not having any in the area. Inside the truck, police found several bags of used men's underwear and one pair of women's panties as well as shorts and cutoffs and a wallet containing a 21-year-old man's driver's license. A semiautomatic handgun was also found in a cardboard box behind the seat. A pouch attached to a bicycle in the truck's bed contained a pair of underwear and binoculars.
Ruoff said the underwear were painting rags and that he used the gun for protection from coyotes while hunting. Police were unable to locate the owner of the wallet. Police identified Ruoff as the man in the video, as well as in a video from July 28 when he approached the woman again to ask for the time.
Ruoff, of 3103 S. 26th St., was arrested on suspicion of stalking, invasion of privacy and disorderly conduct. He was free after posting a $1,500 cash bond pending his appearance today in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
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