Alleged 'Sleeper Creeper' appears in court

February 01, 2018 09:15 AM

The man dubbed the "sleeper creeper" accused of breaking into homes and watching them sleep, is heading to Saratoga County Court.

Ramiz Hajratalli denies that he broke into homes this summer -- and the case now is headed to trial. A pre-trial hearing was held on Wednesday.

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Hajratalli rejected an offer last month that would send him to prison for seven years.

During a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, NewsChannel 13 learned more about the 32-year-old's alleged bad acts for which he was never charged.

Prosecutors detailed seven different prior bad acts, which they say show Hajratalli intended to have contact with women when he entered their homes this summer.

Assistant District Attorney Al Poremba told the judge of several incidents in which Hajratalli followed strangers home or encouraged female friends who had been drinking to stay on his couch.

On at least one occasion, Hajratalli was accused of having sexual intercourse with a heavily intoxicated woman who did not consent.

He wasn't charged with any of the alleged prior acts, but prosecutors say they show Hajratalli's propensity to prey on vulnerable women and they say he intended to do so when he entered the homes he's accused of burglarizing. They want the jury to hear about Hajratalli's alleged prior bad acts.

Hajratalli's attorney, Kevin Luibrand, argued the prior bad acts should not be admissible at trial. It's up to Judge Jim Murphy to decide before the trial begins on Monday.


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