Summerville man charged with peeping, report releases new details

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We’re learning more about a man who Summerville police arrested for “peeping”.

According to the police report released on Friday, officers were called out for an alleged suspicious person on February 17th.

Dispatch told officers a man was found hiding in the bushes in the backyard with his zipper down, speaking to children. The caller said her husband confronted him and was told to leave, the subject refused. 

The woman told dispatch that her husband, an off-duty SLED agent, had the suspect at gunpoint.

When officers arrived, they saw the subject on the ground, on his stomach, in handcuffs.

The homeowner had already searched him and removed his cell phone, wallet and an inhaler. All the objects were laying next to him on the ground.

Officers took the subject, identified as Gary McAmis, to a patrol car. According to the report, his eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred, and his breath had a strong smell of alcohol.

McAmis said he lived at his mothers house on Hardee Avenue. Police say they responded to that home earlier. McAmis, who was identified as a suspect in an assault, ran into the woods.

During the “peeping” incident, he told police he came to the neighborhood to look for a girl he dated in the past, Natasha. He said he was trying to see if she was married or had kids, but he said he apparently went to the wrong backyard. But, during a search of his cell phone, no conversation with a “Natasha” was found.

When asked why he was hiding in the bushes with his zipper down, McAmis said it was because he had to urinate.

He did say the homeowner was “about as nice as you can be” and he felt bad, understanding why he was held at gunpoint. He added “I would’ve done the same thing.”

The homeowners did press charges. McAmis was arrested and charged with Eavesdropped/Peeping Tom

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