Aaron Scott Hammond of Weston, Florida was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of concealing himself under one of his neighbor’s patio furniture, news sources report. Hammond, 23, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of prowling and loitering. A county judge ordered that he be held in lieu of $2,500 bail bond. The press did not specify an attorney for Hammond.
According to reports, the incident occurred at a gated community in the 800 block of Stanton Drive. Sources say Hammond and the victim live in a gated community, a few blocks away from each other, but it does not appear as though they are acquainted. Information regarding the purported victims’ identity was not immediately available at press time. So far, the owners of the community have remained mum regarding the arrest. It is unclear whether it will affect Hammond’s residency at the community.
In court, Hammond reportedly said he operated his own Internet business and record company. Reports also say this is not Hammond’s first arrest. In 2009, he was found guilty of voyeurism and burglary charges, sources say. The details of the case are not currently available.
This latest incident occurred at around 9:40 on Tuesday evening. A number of people were out on the victim’s patio at the time, sources say. At some point, someone spotted Hammond hiding under some tables and chairs on the property. Police were called, sources indicate. Reports say Hammond was unable to say why he was at the residence.
“You’re allegedly under somebody’s patio furniture,” the county judge reportedly explained in court. “I can’t think of any good reason why you would be under a stranger’s patio furniture at that time of the evening.”
Reports of voyeurism are rarer than most crimes, but they do come in on a regular basis. In August, Boca Raton resident Douglas Hughes Jr. was apprehended after he was accused of taking pictures of female victims in a public park restroom, news sources report. Hughes, 28, who had face similar charges in the past, was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail on 11 counts of video voyeurism. An update on the case is not currently available.
Hughes, who once worked as a groundskeeper for the city of Boca Raton, was arrested in August 2012 after he was accused of recording a mom and her daughter at a public bathroom at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton. Hughes admitted to the crime, reportedly saying he had filmed around 25 to 30 victims at Boca Raton parks, sources say. Hughes was let out of jail a few days later on conditions that he stay away from public parks, sources say.
On July 19, 2013, a woman at Atlantic Dunes Park in Delray Beach said she witnessed Hughes taking pictures at the woman’s restroom there. Hughes was not arrested at that time, but police released photo of Hughes on social media sites, asking people to be wary of him if he was spotted in a public park, sources say. About a month later, Hughes was again arrested and charged for voyeurism.
Source: 10.13.13 Hammond Prowling.pdf