A man in Port St. Lucie, Florida says he is innocent after being arrested for allegedly following a woman home from the store and lurking around her property, WPTV reports. On November 17, a woman—whose name is being withheld for safety reasons—went to a Dollar General store for a swift shopping trip.
Unbeknownst to the woman, a man—later identified as Julio Hernandez-Cepero—allegedly followed her home. It wasn’t until viewing her home’s surveillance footage that she noticed a mini-van driving past her as she pulled into her driveway. Moments later, a man purportedly appears on the footage, and he begins lurking around her property.
The woman called Port St. Lucie police and made a suspicious person report, but at the time, police were unable to identify the suspect.
Days later, police found images of the same suspect on the store’s surveillance footage.
A week after the incident, the woman stated that he returned to her home. She went on to say that as she and her boyfriend were leaving, she spotted the same mini-van that was on her home’s surveillance footage, parked in the same place.
Her boyfriend drove around the van in an effort to take a gander at the license plate number. Then he tried to block the van, but when the driver came back from a wooded area, he got into the van and was able to drive away.
The woman stated that she and her boyfriend followed the van while she was on the phone with police for 15 minutes.
Police caught up to Cepero at 1600 block of Biltmore Drive and he was placed under arrest.
An arrest report indicates that Cepero told police that he spotted the victim at a dollar store and thought she was pretty. He added that he wanted to meet her because he couldn’t stop thinking about her.
“I don’t understand how peeking through my windows is supposed to make me interested,” the woman said.
Cepero has been released from jail after posting bond.
[Featured Image: Port St. Lucie Police Department]