‘Criminal Minds’ Season 12 Episode 7 Spoilers, News & Update: Hotch’s Disappearance Leads Mr. Scratch To Target BAU Member

By RG Ferrer , Updated Nov 21, 2016 05:58 PM EST

"Criminal Minds" Season 12 will feature another chilling encounter with the scary serial killer and stalker Peter Lewis, also known as Mr. Scratch (Bodhi Elfman). Latest spoiler news hint of the said villain going after a member of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) given Hotch's (Thomas Gibson) disappearance.

Avid fans of the CBS series "Criminal Minds" recently bid farewell to character Aaron "Hotch" Hotcher who was revealed to have entered the witness protection program with his son.                Upon learning that Mr. Scratch has targeted Hotch's son, the BAU chief decided to resign from his post and enter the said program. Aired on Nov. 16, Wednesday, episode 6 featured the shocking revelation of Hotch's departure, as well as Paget Brewster's (Emily Prentiss) return as the team's new unit chief.

"Criminal Minds" Season 12 episode 7 will continue the Mr. Scratch story arc, but this time, the serial killer appears to have placed his sights on Dr. Tara Lewis' (Aisha Tyler) brother Gabriel. A mysterious man (Terrence Terrell) will claim to be Tara's sibling who knows the details about the forensic psychologist's past and other family matters, according to episode spoilers posted on Spoilers Guide.

Knowing that the mysterious man is an impostor, Tara will try to contact her real brother only to find that Gabriel is missing. Despite the interrogations conducted by the BAU, as well as a meeting with Tara's dad, the mysterious man will stick to his claim as Tara's brother in the CBS show's upcoming episode.

The teaser clip for "Criminal Minds" Season 12 episode 7 also featured a scene where Tara's real brother is tied up inside what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. A man can be seen approaching the real Gabriel while Tara and Luke Alvez (Adam Rodgriguez) search through the various rooms of an empty apartment. The preview ended with a chilling laugh from the villainous Mr. Scratch.

Meanwhile, "Criminal Minds" Season 12 episode 6 posted higher TV ratings as compared to the CBS show's previous episode. With a storyline that explained Hotch's absence, the said episode posted a 1.4 demo rating and a total viewership count of 7.6 million, TVLine reported.

"Criminal Minds" Season 12 episode 7 will be released on Nov. 30, Wednesday, on CBS. Watch the trailer for the said episode below:

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