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Suspect set up a camera in a Des Moines library women's bathroom to allegedly video record women. He was caught by Police.

Des Moines police catch man videotaping in women's library bathroom

The Highline Times news partner Q13Fox news is reporting that Des Moines police have caught a man accused of videotaping woman in library bathroom.. thanks to quick thinking mom.

The suspect was said to be wearing a skirt to appear to be woman in the next stall.. police caught him based on victim's description

According to the report he used a piece of wood and rubber band to hold phone so just camera peeked into the bathroom stall.

Q13 Fox reported:

Traci Pigg the woman who spotted the camera in the stall is still coming to grips with what happened to her

“It was pretty scary — the worst feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” Pigg said Friday.

While she was in the stall in the ladies room, Pigg said, something didn’t seem right. She looked around and noticed the top of a camera phone peeking through an opening in the wall.

It was later discovered later that the camera phone had been held in place by a small piece of wood and a rubber band.

“I immediately panicked. and I punched the phone, and then realized that I had to get out of there,” said Pigg.

She called 911 and watched as the suspect ran out of the library. He was wearing a skirt. Pigg believes he did so to appear more like a woman in the bathroom, but people on the street also noticed the skirt and were able to help lead police to him.

Police aren’t releasing his name because he hasn’t been charged yet. They are also waiting to get a search warrant to go through his phone. The suspect is described as a short, 40-year-old Hispanic man. Detectives don’t believe this is the first time he’s done this.

“It`s very likely this individual hasn’t just targeted Des Moines,” said Doug Jenkins, with the Des Moines Police Department. “He’s been doing it elsewhere as well.”

In fact, what happened in Des Moines is very similar to several unsolved incidents that happened in the bathroom of the Bothell Library last April. The description of the suspects in both cases is similar as well.

Des Moines detectives plan to contact other police agencies around the region about past cases.

Pigg just wants other people, especially parents, to be aware of their surroundings, even at the local library.

“It’s very sick,” she said, “and I want people to know the kind of people that are among us, you know?”

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