Half-naked man seen walking around Clayton neighborhoods, police say

Johnston County News

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Clayton police are trying to identify a sometimes half-naked man who’s been seen walking around a Clayton neighborhood in the last few evenings.

Home security video captured the man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, walking across front and side yards in the Riverwood Athletic Club neighborhood.

“Trespassing itself is a crime and it is a serious one, but that in and of itself is the only criminal intent that we have seen thus far.  We haven’t seen anything else, but that’s enough to make us very, very concerned,” said Clayton Police Lt. Jon LeQuire.

Police say he was spotted wearing a ball cap, blue sweatshirt/jacket, light blue shorts, white socks and black shoes.

In video the man is seen walking directly across driveways near front doors, police say. 

In other footage, he is clearly not wearing shorts and can be seen crouching down near a backyard grill.

“We don’t know what we’re dealing with right now.  This could be a situation that has criminal intent. This could be a situation where we’re dealing with a mental health situation,” said LeQuire. 

The man was last spotted last Saturday night on Hutson Lane around 11 p.m., according to police.

People who live in the area said they didn’t know what to make of the prowler, but called it unsettling.

“I have young children. I’ll keep an eye out if anyone is around my house, and keep the police informed if I see him,” said Joe Fitzpatrick.

Clayton Police are asking anyone who may have seen this man or might recognize him from the footage to call 911 or reach out to the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611 or info@TownofClaytonNC.org.

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