Roswell police are searching for a man accused of looking in on a woman while she was using the women’s restroom at the Pecos Trails Transit bus station.
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Jackie Blackman, 39, of Roswell, who is charged with one count of voyeurism, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
The warrant was issued following an Oct. 1 incident. Police were called to the Bus Station at 515 North Main Street at 4:06 p.m., after a woman reported that a man had been looking in at her and using profane language while she was in a stall in the women’s room.
The woman later told police she entered the restroom and heard someone in one of the stalls, according to court documents. She assumed the person was a female so she then went into a neighboring stall to use the toilet.
She told police that she later heard the other person moving around and heard a man’s voice. He then allegedly walked out of the stall he had occupied, walked in front of the door of the stall the woman was in, looked in at her through a crack in the door and started to speak to her using profane language.
The woman then shouted at the male and he ran out of the restroom, according to court documents. She then left the restroom to go find her boyfriend and inform him of what had happened.
Both the woman and her boyfriend described the male as having shaggy, long brown hair, wearing a white, buttoned long-sleeve shirt, and wearing what appeared to be pink women’s leggings.
Officers standing at the intersection of Fifth and North Main streets later spotted, in the distance, a male near Third Street who appeared to be wearing pink pants, court documents state.
Police approached the man, who was then identified as Blackman. He said that he had just come from a restaurant near the bus station.
When officers asked him why he was in the women’s restroom, court documents state Blackman allegedly admitted that he had been in there, but did not mean to scare anyone. He informed the officers that he had been walking into the restroom and the female had walked out, but nothing else had happened.
According to court documents, he allegedly told officers that he knew he should not be in the women’s restroom and that he would not do it again. Court records indicate that Blackman is homeless and has used multiple aliases.
Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said Friday people should not be afraid to use the restroom at the bus station and said no other reported incidents of that sort have been reported at the bus station in the last two months.
“This was an isolated incident. There is no reason for people to become fearful of using the restrooms there,” Wildermuth said. He added that people should immediately report any suspicious activity they see, so that it can be addressed by both bus station staff and police.
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