IOWA MAN ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO COLLEGE STUDENTS’ APARTMENTS AND FILMING WOMEN WHILE THEY SLEPT

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Mar. 8 2021, Published 3:23 p.m. ET

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An Iowa man snuck into female college students’ apartments 12 to 15 times for more than a year and shot videos of his victims as they slept, law enforcement officials said.

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Trenton Lamar Williams, 29, began breaking into the college coeds’ Campustown homes starting in May 2019, according to the Ames Police Department.

Ames is home to Iowa State University. 

“In many cases, Williams did not steal items, but he stood in the victims’ rooms while they slept and video recorded them,” a release states.

Police said Williams’ actions escalated last November when, wearing a ski mask, he went into one woman’s residence, demanded money, assaulted her and then fled empty-handed.

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Ames police arrested Williams after one alleged victim reportedly captured video of him in her home and showed the footage to police.

Investigators then obtained warrants to search the suspect’s property, including his electronic devices.

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“That's where we found further videos of him going inside to many apartments and filming girls as they slept,” APD Cmdr. Jason Tuttle said, according to the Des Moines Register. 

Tuttle noted investigators are continuing to work on identifying more possible victims based on the recovered videos. 

“He lived in the area, [and] we believe he was probably likely watching some of these women, which really concerns us especially with his escalating behavior,” the police commander said of Williams, who allegedly may have targeted buildings without security cameras and entered through unlocked doors.

Williams currently faces multiple charges, including burglary, theft, robbery, stalking, trespass, harassment, and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Online records show he is being held on $180,000 bond at the Story County Jail.

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