Postal carrier catches accused peeping Tom in the act

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DENVER -- A postal carrier stepped into action and stopped a peeping Tom in a Southwest Denver neighborhood.

Amos Lopez, a Navy veteran, has been delivering mail in Denver for 31 years.

“I like it and that’s why I’m still doing it,” Lopez said.

Lopez said he enjoys being outdoors and meeting the neighbors. But on his normal route the morning of April 11, he noticed someone suspicious.

“First, he was in our neighbor’s yard. He was kind of looking in the windows," Lopez said.

Lopez said the man was walking with two dogs and headed into another yard on Tennessee and Lipan.

“As soon as he got to right here on the front porch and I said, ‘Stop, you’re on the wrong property,’ and he said, ‘This is my dog’s property,'” he said. “I was like, ‘No, it’s not. This is my own personal property. You have to get off of my yard. Just leave.’”

But Lopez said the stranger didn’t stop there and started looking into the next door neighbor’s window, until a woman came out.

“I told him, ‘Please step away from her,’” Lopez said.

As the man was leaving, Lopez said the man threatened him.

“He says, ‘I’ll sic my dogs on you,’” he said.

Lopez called 911 and went back to work, but ran into the man again.

“He tried to walk up behind me with his dogs and that’s when I was really threatened,” Lopez said.

Police say they arrested 44-year-old Stephen Newman one block away at Hoye Place and Lipan. Newman is charged with window peeping, trespassing and threatening to injure.

Amos’ wife, Sarah Lopez was not home at the time, but she's relieved.

“We’re concerned for our family, our granddaughter and so I’m glad that my husband was here,” Sarah Lopez said.

And Amos Lopez is glad he was at the right place, at the right time.

“We have kids around here and I just try to look out for my neighborhood,” he said.

 

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