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A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was arrested late Sunday night in connection with a "Peeping Tom" incident after a chase through backyards in an Upper Valley neighborhood, police said.
Joseph M. Ledesma, 48, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to jail records and El Paso police.
A CBP spokesman said Ledesma resigned from CBP earlier this year following an arrest by the Texas Department of Public Safety in April on a charge of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. Court records show Ledesma entered a misdemeanor diversion program Aug. 11.
An Upper Valley family said in an email that they had suspicions about a "Peeping Tom" at their home for weeks.
A young woman's father had installed a motion-sensor alarm after his daughter had heard noises at night and someone trying to open the door to her home located behind her parents' house in the 5200 block of Hunters Glenn Street, the family and a police spokesman said
About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, the motion-sensor alarm was triggered and the woman's father ran outside to allegedly find Ledesma near his daughter's door, police and the family said.
A struggle and a chase between the father and Ledesma began with Ledesma allegedly trying to escape by jumping walls into several backyards in the neighborhood near Country Club Road, the family and police said.
When police arrived at the woman's home on a call of "suspicious activity," the men were gone, but officers could hear dogs barking nearby and the father yelling for help, police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said.
At one point, Ledesma allegedly pulled out a pocketknife and threatened the father, who knocked the knife away, Carrillo said.
"They both lunged for the knife and the victim was able to throw it into some bushes," Carrillo said.
Carrillo said that the father held down Ledesma, who was arrested by police.
While frisking Ledesma, an officer allegedly found a small bag with a quarter-ounce of marijuana in his pocket, Carrillo said. Ledesma, who lives nearby in the 400 block of Oak Tree Court, was released from jail Monday on $31,050 bond, records stated.
CBP officials previously said that Ledesma had been with CBP since 1987 and had been assigned to the agency's dog unit in El Paso before he resigned.
Police officials said that detectives are investigating several "Peeping Tom" cases on the West Side in recent weeks, particularly at apartment complexes. It is undisclosed if the cases are believed to be linked to Sunday's arrest.
In some cases, a man "entered through unlocked windows and performed lewd acts," a police news release stated. Police advise residents to use locks available at hardware stores that limit how far a window can open.
Anyone with information, or who has been a victim that has yet to come forward, can call detectives at the Westside Regional Command Center at 585-6150. Suspicious activity also may be reported to police at 832-4400 or 911.
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