GREENWOOD, Ind.- Police are looking for a man suspected of taking pictures of boys in a store bathroom.
Over the weekend, a mother and her two teenage sons were shopping at the Kohl’s in Greenwood. The two boys, 14 and 15 years old, went to use the men’s bathroom. Minutes later, the teens told their mom a stranger tried taking pictures of them while they were using the bathroom.
“When they turned around from the urinals, they say this man was holding his phone up over the partition from one of the stalls and it appeared he was trying to take pictures of them while they were going to the bathroom,” said Assistant Chief Matthew Fillenwarth, with Greenwood Police Department.
Investigators say the teens even pointed out the guy to their mom and she tried to catch up to him as he was leaving the store. He took off too quickly, but she was able to get a grainy picture of the car he was driving. It appears to be an older model blue Toyota Camry.
“If they were 6 years old they may not have understood what he was trying to do and they are easier victimized. By the time a kid gets to 14 or 15, they know right and wrong and what’s supposed to be happening and what’s not and what to do about it,” said Fillenwarth.
Investigators are fairly confident this isn’t this man’s first time taking these types of pictures.
“I’m sure he’s done this before. There’s probably victims out there that have no idea that some strange man was taking pictures of them while they are using the toilet,” said Fillenwarth.
Nearby shoppers and parents were surprised to hear about the investigation.
“I think it’s horrible. I can’t believe it’s happening here. It’s awful,” explains Melissa Johnson, a mother of four.
Several surveillance cameras near the bathroom and throughout the store captured pictures of the suspect. Police tell us these boys did the right thing by reporting this right away, and that’s a major reason why they’re closing in on this suspect.
“The only you can protect the people in your community is to find a good jail or prison cell for them and keep them there as long as you can,” said Fillenwarth.
If you recognize the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle you’re asked to call the Greenwood Police Department at (317) 882-9191.