Police: Man seen peeping in windows of Newport house arrested after being chased by neighbor

Posted Nov. 07, 2013, at 10:51 a.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — A Brewer man seen peeping into the windows of a woman’s house was chased by a neighbor and eventually arrested, according to Newport police.

At about 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Hunter Prew said he saw a man dressed in black near a neighbor’s house on Elm Street. After Prew came back from his walk 10 minutes later, the man was looking through a window into a home where a woman and her daughter were living, he said.

“I sat downstairs [in my house] and watched him,” said Prew. “He kept walking back and forth looking through all the windows.”

Prew, 18, said he figured something wasn’t right and called police. He then went outside to confront the man.

“I went outside and he took off,” he said. Prew then jumped on his bicycle and chased after him.

“I chased him up Elm Street for probably a quarter-mile to the house he was staying,” said Prew.

“[Prew] flagged me down while riding his bike and showed me where he was,” said Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid.

Nerio Brandolini, 51, of Brewer was arrested on two outstanding warrants for unpaid fines in Dover-Foxcroft related to criminal mischief and operating with a suspended license, said Macdaid.

Brandolini was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained Thursday morning.

“The peeping Tom part is still under investigation. There could possibly be charges coming from that,” said Macdaid.

Prew said he chased after Brandolini because he thought it was the right thing to do.

He said that the woman didn’t know the man was looking in her windows, but was upset when she was told about the incident.

Macdaid said he appreciated the assist.

“Anytime the public assists us with a crime, we’re very appreciative as long as they can keep themselves safe,” said Macdaid. “This young man did a good job.”

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