‘The Watcher’: N.J. family’s reported claims subject of town hall meeting


The mayor of a New Jersey town is asking for the public’s help after a family claimed they were targeted by an alleged stalker who called himself “The Watcher” and who’s apparently terrorizing them over their million-dollar home.

The topic was discussed at a town hall meeting Tuesday in Westfield, Union County. The upscale town is located less than 20 miles west of New York City.

Speaking at Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Andy Skibitsky said the identity of “The Watcher” remains a mystery.

“When, over a year ago, this matter was reported to the police, our police department conducted an exhaustive investigation,” Skibitsky said. “Such efforts, however, have not yielded information leading to charges being filed and, therefore, this case is pending introduction of any new evidence.”

The anonymous stalker is allegedly terrorizing the family to the extent that they haven’t moved into their million-dollar dream home, according to a report by Courthouse News Service.

The new owners are so frightened, they want their identities and address protected.

Three days after buying the six-bedroom, $1.3 million home in June 2014, the family said they began to receive threatening letters, Courthouse News Service reports.

“The Watcher” allegedly wrote that the home has been “the subject of my family for decades,” and claimed he was “put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming,” according to the report.

The family is suing the home’s previous owners, claiming the family failed to disclose their knowledge of the problem. The lawsuit alleges that the seller received one of the letters a week before the closing. They’re claiming the seller should have told them about it, and saying “The Watcher” will affect the value of the home.

The plaintiffs behind the lawsuit are seeking damages for fraud and breach of contract, according to the report.

Resident Colleen Schmidt, who attended Tuesday’s meeting, said she doesn’t blame the family for not moving in.

“I probably would have done the same thing,” Schmidt said. “If I had that situation, I would have not moved in with my young children, either.”ABC News contributed to this report.

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