'Creepy' late-night encounters have some on edge

Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 21:30:18-04

A local woman detailed for 10News her bizarre encounter with a man who showed up at her door in the middle of the night with a question.

The sound of her Saint Bernard's barking woke up Jessica McCabe and her husband Ryan around midnight Sunday.

Ryan McCabe opened the peephole, and standing on the unlit front step of their Talmadge home on Monroe Avenue was a man in a T-shirt and shorts.

"He asked if a man named Chris lived here," said Jessica McCabe.

The question made her husband's skin crawl.

Recently, they both saw a posting on of a man with a similar description ringing a doorbell around 2 a.m. in nearby Kensington and then asking for someone named Jerry.

McCabe believes that is a question you'd expect to hear from someone casing a home.

"It makes you feel vulnerable and scared. I feel like he's watching us," said McCabe.

McCabe is even more on edge because of a rash of break-ins in the area.

With that in mind, Jessica's husband on Sunday night told the man this: "He needed to leave immediately. We have big dogs and we're going to call police," said McCabe.

Her husband called police, and the couple posted their story on Nextdoor as a warning to others.

"I want to take back our neighborhood. I don't want to worry being out at night around my own house," said McCabe.

The descriptions of the men are similar -- around 5 feet 7 inches tall, white or Hispanic and around 30 years old. In the Kensington incident, the man had a backpack.