Man accused of drilling peep hole into neighbor's apartment



BUTLER, Pa. - A Butler County man is facing several charges after police said he stalked his neighbor and drilled a hole through their walls so he could spy on her.

Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that Russell Harnish is facing charges of stalking, invasion of privacy and criminal mischief.

Investigators said the alleged victim called police Aug. 23 and told them she discovered a hole in the wall above her refrigerator that was in a direct sight line to her bedroom.

Authorities responded to Harnish’s apartment and saw the hole in his bedroom, and noticed it was covered by a clothes hanger pole.

According to police, Harnish admitted to detectives that he had been in the victim’s apartment before and knew where to drill the hole.

Police told Marcinkiewicz that Harnish had also previously left the victim a message stating that he loved her. The victim told investigators he also left her notes.

The owner of the apartment complex said she had problems with Harnish before this alleged incident, and that she knew the tenant was afraid of him.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses went on record saying that Harnish told them if he couldn’t have the victim, then no one could.

“It’s an invasion of privacy. This guy’s a creep,” the owner said.

Harnish was jailed in lieu of $30,000 bond.