COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP/WJZ) — Police in Maryland have charged a suspect they say was found hiding in a woman’s bedroom closet wearing a towel.

Prince George’s County police said in a statement Friday that a woman arrived back at her College Park apartment in the 4400 block of Knox Road near the University of Maryland around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday and heard a noise coming from her bedroom. The woman told police she opened a closet door to find the man, 24-year-old Eric Tata, hiding in the space with a towel wrapped around his body.

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Police said she screamed, and Tata ran away to his nearby apartment where officers later arrested him.

Tata has been charged with fourth-degree burglary, trespassing and trespassing related to a peeping Tom offense. He was released on bond.

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News outlets report online court records didn’t list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Police believe other women could have had a similar experience with Tata and are hoping to speak to other possible victims.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 301-699-2601. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) Please refer to case 19-0067403.

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