At about 1:12 AM on Thursday, July 3, 2014, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call to investigate a prowler in the area of 38 Hallowell Street, Mattapan.
As officers responded, they received information from the 911 dispatcher that the caller was watching the suspect in the rear of the above address on surveillance video. The officers were informed that the suspect had removed a white cement bucket from the porch of the above address, placed it below a window, and was standing on the bucket in order to peer into a bedroom window of the house.
Officers set up a perimeter around the area to prevent the escape of the suspect. Officers then observed a male fitting the suspect’s description walk from the rear of the house and immediately dive to the ground behind a vehicle upon seeing the officers. The officers were able to apprehend the suspect without further incident. A cell phone belonging to the suspect that appeared to be actively video recording was also seized from the ground nearby.
Officers arrested 31-year-old Jason O’Neal of Mattapan, and he was charged with Trespassing, Attempt to Commit a Crime, and the Massachusetts “Peeping Tom” Statute.