Male voyeur arrested in women’s restroom of Des Moines Library Thursday


On Thursday (Feb. 27), a man – wearing women’s clothing – was arrested in the women’s restroom of the Des Moines Library (located at 21620 11th Ave S.) for Voyeurism with a cell phone camera.

Des Moines Police say they received a 911 call from a patron at the library, who had been in the women’s restroom and noticed a cell phone camera lens pointed into the restroom stall she was in. The phone was in the stall next to her and was aimed so that it was looking between the gap in the back wall of the restroom and the partition separating the two restroom stalls. She swatted at the phone and left the restroom where she contacted a library employee and called 911. While the patron was on the phone, the suspect came out of the restroom. He was wearing women’s clothing and carrying a black “messenger type” bag. He fled on foot, headed towards South 216th Street.

When Des Moines officers arrived in the area they contacted two local residents who told the officers they had seen a male running, stop, take off a skirt and put it into a black bag and continue running in a westerly direction. Officers checking the area were able to locate the subject hiding under a travel trailer that was parked at a home in the 700 block of South 216th Street. The suspect was positively identified by the victim at the library as well as two witnesses.

A cell phone was recovered at the arrest scene but the black “messenger type” bag has not been located. Detectives will seek a search warrant to examine the any data contained on the cell phone.

The Des Moines Police Department is looking into two similar incidents that occurred at the same library in the past two years. We will also share the information regarding our arrest with other law enforcement agencies to see if our suspect has been involved in similar crimes in the region.

The suspect is a 40 year old Hispanic male. He provided a Seattle address. The suspect was booked at SCORE and has been transferred to the King County Jail in Seattle.

A Facebook post included this pic and description:

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I am posting something that is VERY disturbing, but I am doing it so that all of you can be aware, and talk to your kids about what is going on in this world. While at the Des Moines Library today with Jace, I went in to the bathroom stall to use the restroom. I felt that something was not right and before I left I looked around. A disgusting man was in the next stall over with his phone thought the crack next to the wall, video taping everyone that came in. This is the contraption he had made to sit his phone on, who knows how long he’s been doing it. Fortunately, I acted fast, smacked the phone and ran for help. He was caught, and his phone is in police possession. I know of many kids who hang out here daily after school without parent supervision. People can hang out in these bathrooms without faculty even knowing they are there. Please pass this message along!!!!!


Comments

4 Responses to “Male voyeur arrested in women’s restroom of Des Moines Library Thursday”
  1. Des Moines Resident says:

    I’m so glad I live in a city with a great police force, great work by the police. I wish there were more of them because I know they continue to be short staffed.

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  2. WJ says:

    I wonder if this is the same guy who was hanging around Highline Community College Campus?

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  3. charles says:

    Desmoines has a corrupt police department; with no morals or back bones

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  4. Jenni says:

    So what. He’s only filming and looking, it’s a quiet library so it’s not like he could have actually hurt anyone.

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