by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
UNION COUNTY, N.C. - A Union County man was arrested on allegations he crawled into a home to spy on a 19-year-old woman while she was showering.
Deputies arrested Jaime Taledano Hernandez Wednesday afternoon on charges of secretly peeping.
Investigators said a neighbor spotted Taledano crawling underneath the foundation of a rural Union County home Monday afternoon and called 911.
"Before the officers were able to get there the suspect ran off into the woods," said Capt. Ronnie Whitaker.
Authorities said a search of the home revealed a hole in the wall of the bathroom where Taledano, who also lives in the home, had allegedly been watching the victim in the shower.
"There was void in the wall where he was actually able to stand up and look through the void into the shower," Whitaker said.
Channel 9 spoke to the victim and she said she had no idea she was being watched in the bathroom.
Eyewitness News uncovered court documents that showed Taledano was charged with secretly peeping into the same shower in 2010.
The case was dismissed because the victim recanted and declined to prosecute, according to court records.
Authorities said the new investigation took an odd twist after the initial 911 call Monday.
Deputies said hours after Taledano disappeared into the woods behind the home, he emerged with a gunshot wound to his ear prompting another 911 call from the home for medical treatment.
Investigators said how Taledano suffered the wound is a mystery, but said it allowed them to take Taledano to the hospital and subsequently into custody.
"He didn't know how he had got it and no one is claiming being the one who shot him," Whitaker said.
Taledano was released from Carolinas Medical Centers-Union and placed in the Union County Jail on a $1,000 bond.
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