Suspected voyeur arrested after Tucson Mall incident

2013-11-16T00:00:00Z Suspected voyeur arrested after Tucson Mall incidentArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson man who police said took photographs up a woman’s skirt was arrested Thursday.

David Castro, 34, was booked into the Pima County jail and faces a felony count of voyeurism in connection with a Nov. 5 incident at Tucson Mall, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives did not release a booking photo of Castro.

Loss-prevention officers at a department store in the mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road, were monitoring a closed-circuit-television security system when they noticed a man loitering inside the store.

“What caught their attention was the fact that they were able to see a cellular telephone protruding from a briefcase that (the man) was carrying,” Hawke said. “It appeared that the cellular telephone was positioned with the phone camera lens facing upward.”

Officers saw Castro approach a female employee who was wearing a skirt and extended his arm to position the briefcase under the woman’s skirt.

Officers were unable to make contact with Castro before he left the store, but they did get a description of his vehicle and a license plate number that helped detectives track him down, Hawke said.

When out in public, people should be “mindful of their surroundings,” Hawke said.

“Should you notice an individual, who appears to be paying extra or special attention to you or who makes you uncomfortable when you are shopping, do not hesitate to notify store employees,” she said.

Many shopping centers and malls in Tucson employ security guards or loss-prevention officers, and shoppers can request their assistance. Suspicious activity also can be reported to 911.

Kimberly Matas

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