WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (November 2, 2015) - Some students at Purdue University were on edge Monday after a bizarre crime this weekend. Campus police said a man showed up in a sorority house in the 800 block of Hilltop Drive and watched a woman shower.
The search for that suspect was enough Saturday to prompt the university to send out an alert.
“It is a little shocking,” said senior Arthur Franke.
“It worries me a bit,” said junior Erika Warner.
Police arrested 44-year-old Neil Albee early Sunday morning. Investigators said women inside the Delta Zeta house spotted him around 10:30 on Halloween night. Police believe he was watching a woman shower, and then he ran off.
Neighbors later saw him behind the house an hour later and called police.
An alert email sent to students Saturday night said the suspect entered the residence and opened a shower door while a woman was showering.
“I thought it was really creepy. I live in a house. If it happened to me, I would probably freak out,” said sophomore Emily Brothers, “We have pretty good security at my house. You have to have a fingerprint to get in. The doors already lock behind you.”
Brothers called the incident a freak circumstance, but she said she’d think twice now.
“They should be always cautious. It is college,” said freshman Andrew Rebuck.
Women at the Delta Zeta house would not answer when we asked if they knew how the suspect got inside.
Court records show Albee’s had other run-ins with the law. He entered a guilty plea to a trespassing charge in 2012. One term of that deal included an order to stay off the property of a West Lafayette apartment complex, along with Purdue University.
Albee was accused of voyeurism and residential entry. Online jail records show he was scheduled to appear in court on Monday afternoon.