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Man Behind Bars, Charged With Stalking Two Tyler Women

A man suspected of stalking women in Tyler for weeks, is now off the streets and in jail.  Police said 35-year-old Wade Padgett even broke into the homes of his victims.

He was arrested Tuesday morning by a Cherokee County Sheriff's deputy, patrolling around Love's Lookout near Jacksonville. Padgett was inside his truck, asleep.

"We wanted to make sure we got him off the streets before it was escalated to a higher level," said Tyler Police officer Don Martin.

Police said Padgett was becoming more bold, more threatening and far more dangerous and needed to be locked up.  Just recently, police said Padgett spied on two sisters.

He was also seen hanging around Rose Rudman Park and Bergfeld Park in Tyler. Records show Padgett has lived in Tyler, Lewisville and Florida.

He had a prior record with the law, including a charge of loitering and prowling in Florida.
"He's just kind of been wandering from my understanding," said Officer Martin.

Now, police want to know what linked Padgett to his two victims. The arrest warrant affidavit reveals what the women were allegedly put through.

On June 19th, police said Padgett broke in to one of the women's apartments, stole money and her drivers license.
Two days later, both women spotted his pick-up truck circling around one of the apartments for two hours. The next day, Padgett was reportedly standing across the street as one of the women walked by. He called out to her, telling her not to call police.

The next day, one of the other woman received a call on her cellular telephone stating "I'm watching you," "I said don't call the cops."

On June 24th the report said, "...they observed someone standing about six inches from the back window of the apartment. (One victim) noticed that her upstairs bedroom window was standing open and the blinds were up. (The victim) said that her dresser drawer that contained her underwear had been opened. (Both victims) advised that someone wrote 'I See U' on a mirror..." That break in took place while one of the victim's children was playing downstairs.

Tuesday afternoon, police brought Padgett back to Tyler where he was questioned for several hours, trying to figure out what led this man to prey on women.

In the arrest affidavit, Wade Padgett admitted earlier to watching the women. However, he was not willing to cooperate with police.

Padgett is charged with two counts of stalking. That's a third degree felony, carrying a sentence of two to 10 years and a $10,000 fine.

Maya Golden reporting,

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