The Knoxville Police Department hopes the public can help identify a Peeping Tom caught in the act in a West Knoxville Target's dressing room.
Police on Wednesday released surveillance footage from the March 29 incident. It shows the suspect walking into the store and then running out more than an hour later. Authorities said the man may have driven off in a black Chevrolet Camaro.
The man was caught kneeling on the floor of the dressing room area and taking pictures with his cell phone by a store employee and a woman he tried to photograph.
After further investigation, KPD said they determined the suspect had been in and out of the dressing room for more than an hour before he was caught. There had been at least five additional women who had used the dressing room during this time, police said.
"I was trying on something and I looked in the mirror and saw something under my door and when I looked I didn't know what it was and then it moved," Leigh Hamby told WBIR 10News back in March.
Hamby said she was in the dressing room around 7:45 p.m. and that there was not an attendant monitoring the dressing room area.
As soon as Hamby realized what happened, she heard a store employee shout.
"She asked him in that mama bear voice, which I appreciated, 'What are you doing?' and I heard a man's voice say something like 'nothing' or a defensive comment back. At that point, he took off," said Hamby.
Following the reported incident, Target told 10News in a statement:
"At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. As a part this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. As soon as this incident was brought to our attention, we immediately partnered with local law enforcement."
If anyone has information on this incident or can possibly identify this suspect, they are asked to call the Knoxville Police Department’s crime information line at 865-215-7212.
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