Police: Father wrangles Peeping Tom

GRAYSON - A Grayson father fed up with a persistent snoop reportedly took matters into his own hands last week.

Neighbors around a Grayson subdivision called Pebble Creek Farms had been reporting to police a suspicious man slinking around the neighborhood and peeking in windows last week.

One father, Jody Allen, narrowed the voyeur's visits to between 6:15 and 6:45 a.m., at which point the man was spying on his teenage daughter getting ready for school, Allen told police.

On Friday, Allen lied in wait in bushes behind his home, armed with a baseball bat. Allen told police he witnessed Wesley Adam Crooms, 26, park his Honda Accord, approach the home and place his face against his daughter's window.

Crooms darted away when he saw Allen ambushing him - despite being hit with the thrown bat - and led the 39-year-old on a chase down the street, around a small lake and to the backyard of a neighbor's home, where Crooms slipped and the two began fighting, Allen told police.

A neighbor heard Allen's pleas for help and came to his aide. Police found the two men atop Crooms in the grass, the report says.

Crooms told police he was in the neighborhood to work out, doing an exercise he called "Hill Repeats." Police weren't buying it.

Police charged Crooms with Peeping Tom, a felony, along with misdemeanor counts of stalking and prowling. On probation for a DUI, Crooms remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, according to police.

His vehicle was impounded at the scene.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said nobody involved with the incident reported being injured.

But in general, confronting suspects is behavior that police strongly discourage, he said.

"No one knows how a suspect will act when confronted," Schiralli said. "We ask that citizens be good witnesses" and note information like tag numbers, make and model of vehicles and physical descriptions of perpetrators, he said.