Window peeper reported in Royal Oak, Birmingham

By: Sarah Wojcik | C&G Newspapers | Published December 4, 2019

Kenton Carl Driscoll

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ROYAL OAK/BIRMINGHAM — At approximately 8:55 p.m. Nov. 20, a Royal Oak woman called police to report an unknown man looking into her neighbor’s window in the 400 block of Gardenia Avenue, east of North Main Street.

She told police that when her husband confronted him, the suspect fled on a bicycle northbound through Oakview Cemetery. She said the window peeper had a large build and was wearing a dark hat and heavy coat.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said that the call was placed to police about 10 minutes after the incident, and responding officers immediately set up a perimeter. K-9 Officer Kevin Cavanagh and new K-9 Conan followed the track, but lost it in the northeast area of the cemetery.

“We had a neighbor observe him in the backyard of the house next door,” said Lt. Al Carter. “The backyards butt up against the cemetery.”

He said a suspect matching the same description was observed looking into windows in Birmingham in the early morning hours the next day. The Troy Special Investigations Unit made an arrest, and investigators believe the same suspect is involved in both cases, according to police.

Carter said the suspect is known to Birmingham police and has had multiple encounters with them.

On Nov. 26, Kenton Carl Driscoll, 54, of Ferndale, was arraigned in the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills on two charges of prowling. His bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety, and a court clerk said he did not have an attorney on record, nor had he requested a court-appointed attorney as of Dec. 2.

Carter said that the Royal Oak investigation is ongoing but that no suspect has been arraigned. He said that the neighbor was not 100% positively able to identify Driscoll in a police lineup, and police are still interviewing witnesses.

“The witness didn’t see him clearly,” Carter said. “At most, it’s likely we would go with trespassing, but it’s not official yet. It’s still under investigation.”

Anyone with information regarding the Royal Oak incident is asked to call Carter at (248) 246-3456.

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