A man Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies dubbed the “Lincoln Village Creeper” is behind bars.
Sheriff Zach Scott says his deputies arrested 21-year-old Taylor Wise after Wise tried to climb through a 10-year-old girl's bedroom window on Hafey Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. Friday
Sheriff's deputies say the house was the last of several targeted by Wise over the course of the past few weeks.
Deputies say Wise may have entered at least seven homes, including one on Daytona Road on Sept. 10.
Deputies say Wise attempted to assault a 14-year-old girl at that house.
Less than two weeks later, sheriff's deputies say they responded to a call at a home on Celina Road, where a 28-year-old woman woke up to Wise attempting to grope her.
Since the reports were coming from the same Lincoln Village neighborhood, Scott says he had his deputies patrol the area overnight Thursday.
The plan paid off when they got the call that Wise was breaking through a window right above a 10-year-old's bed.
"He was inches away from my daughter's head,” said Robbey Mock Jr.
Mock and his wife, Kimberly, say Wise used a chair from their neighbor’s property to try to get inside a window.
"I sat up. I turned. There he was like halfway in the window. I screamed, and he jetted,” said Kimberly Mock.
Wise was arrested shortly after, thanks to the fact deputies were already in the area on the lookout for him.
Scott says his deputies were able to catch Wise before things got worse.
"It was just a matter of time until he went a step further each time from groping to an actual physical sexual assault -- possibly a rape,” he said.
The Mocks are thankful nothing like that happened to their daughter.
"Her innocence could have been gone in a matter of seconds if we weren't in that room,” said Kimberly Mock.
Wise faces charges of aggravated burglary, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition.
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