Good Samaritan is booked as a peeper in St. Paul

  • Updated: October 19, 2010 - 11:44 PM

Three months ago, as he sat before news crews at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Eric Skripka was a good Samaritan who had been beaten while "trying to do the right thing," a police spokesman said.

But state court records also showed that the man who tried to halt a domestic assault in July had his own flaws. And on Monday night, police said, Skripka, 34, was up to his old misdeeds.

Skripka was arrested and booked on a felony count of invasion of privacy, or peeping, after a resident in the 200 block of Selby Avenue in St. Paul reported seeing him looking into a neighbor's window, police spokesman Andy Skoogman said on Tuesday.

Skripka, who has yet to be charged in the 11:30 p.m. incident, has two previous invasion-of-privacy convictions -- one from 2007 in Dakota County and the other from 2003 in Goodhue County.

According to investigators, Skripka admitted to them in an interview that he'd peeped in the window Monday night, Skoogman said. The woman who lived there is not believed to have been in the bedroom at the time, Skoogman added.

In late July, Skripka was on a Metro Transit bus when he saw Brian E. Harper, 19, hit his girlfriend and then force her off the bus. Skripka followed and told Harper, "Dude, that's enough," before he was punched and kicked in the head.

Said Skoogman, "[Skripka] did the right thing in July. But he also has a history of making poor decisions." In addition to the previous invasion-of-privacy charges, Skripka also been convicted of burglary and disorderly conduct.

Investigators now are trying to determine whether Skripka may have been involved in other peeping incidents, including two that occurred recently near the University of St. Thomas. Skripka has denied any involvement, Skoogman said.

ANTHONY LONETREE

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