Scottsbluff man, arrested charged with public indecency, attempted assault of hotel housekeeper

August 7, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Police arrested a Scottsbluff man after staff at a local hotel observed the man involved in lewd acts.

Caleb Shaw, 22, of Scottsbluff, has been charged with public indecency, a Class II misdemeanor, and attempted sexual assault, a Class IIA felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, Scottsbluff Police were called to the Fairfield Inn and Suites on July 30, where police made contact with an employee who advised she had been in a back office when she observed a man on the surveillance video camera monitor. The man was behind a doorway, in a corner, across from a stairwell exit on the third floor and looking into a room where a housekeeper was working. The man was moving back and forth, looking into the room and hiding behind a wall. The woman said she observed the man put his hand inside the front of his pants.

The woman asked a maintenance man to check on the man, and as the maintenance man went to the third floor, the man the woman had observed came running down the stairs. The man ran off, driving off in a red Ford Explorer with Cheyenne County. Employees were able to give a complete license plate, and the vehicle came back as registered to Shaw.

Police questioned the hotel housekeeper, who told police that the man “appeared to be everywhere she went, according to the affidavit. The woman advised that at one time he said something to her, but she was wearing ear buds and listening to music so she was unable to understand what he said.

Officers reviewed the surveillance video and observed the man following the woman, masturbating and at one point, removing his pants. He is also pictured using his cell phone to record the housekeeper and himself. He appeared to have been going into a room the housekeeper had been in, but is startled and leaves.

Police went to the man’s home, but no one answered. Later, a neighbor called police and reported Shaw leaving the residence.

On July 31, Shaw contacted police, claiming he had been told by a friend that his name and license plate had been heard over the scanner. Police advised he needed to speak with an officer. Shaw scheduled a time, but did not show, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Shaw was arraigned Monday on charges and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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