Peeping Tom lurking in store restrooms
League City police are seeking a man who has been looking at women under store restroom stalls and showing Playboy pictures to women at a shopping center.
The peeper's described as a Hispanic male who is 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall with a thin build, short black hair, no facial hair, and scars on his face.
The incidents have taken place around the Gulf Freeway and FM 646.
On Jan. 23, a woman was in a restroom at a discount clothing store at 3030 Gulf Freeway South in League City when the man tried to look at her from underneath a stall, League City Police Sgt. John Jordan said. She startled the man by yelling at him, and he ran out of the restroom.
Police reviewed the store's surveillance video and found footage of the man entering and leaving the store. They also talked with security workers next door at a clothing store next door at 3040 Gulf Freeway South. They said they had previously seen the man driving a red Mitsubishi, police said.
They also told police that the man had been pulling up in the vehicle next to women in the shopping center's parking lot and showing them naked women from a Playboy magazine, Jordan said.
The same man is believed to have been involved in a second peeping incident that occurred last Saturday about 11:45 a.m. at the store where security workers were interviewed, Jordan said. A woman was using the store's restroom when a man tried to look at her from underneath a stall, he said.
The man then left the store and fled on a dark-colored mountain bike, but police were unable to locate him, Jordan said.
He matches the description of a man who was cited for disorderly conduct over the summer for looking at women from underneath restrooms stalls at another nearby store, Jordan said. Police are confident that the same man is involved in all the incidents, he said.
Police will contact the Galveston County District Attorney's Office to see if it can pursue other charges like criminal trespassing against the man, Jordan said.
We'll see if we can get any higher charge than disorderly conduct being this is second time it's happened," he said.
Police were showing photograph lineups on Tuesday with a picture of the man to the bathroom stall victims in hopes they can identify him, Jordan said.
"It's all really odd," he said.
Those with information about the man or incidents are asked to call 281-338-4182 or 281-338-8210.
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