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An East Side resident was startled Wednesday morning by a man looking into her fourth-floor apartment from her balcony, prompting her to grab a baseball bat and run to a neighbor to call police.

Peter Hamilton, 27, of Madison, was arrested and tentatively charged with disorderly conduct and bail jumping, Madison police said.

The incident happened at about 5 a.m. in the 1800 block of East Washington Avenue.

The woman’s dog alerted her to the stranger.

“The stranger was outside her patio door, looking into her residence,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “She was shaken, and told police she believed the man was going to hurt her.”

Police said they found Hamilton in a common area of the apartment building. He doesn’t live there.

“He acknowledged entering the building through an unlocked door,” DeSpain said. “He got onto the woman’s patio by jumping off a ledge of another patio.”

Hamilton said he didn’t mean any harm and was only trying to get out of the rain, police said.

Hamilton has a lengthy criminal history, according to online court records, including pending cases of theft, drug possession, hit-and-run and criminal trespass to a dwelling.

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