Employee Accused of Peeping on Woman in Fitting Room: Police

Man may have recorded video of woman undressing

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    Gonzalo Garcia, 18, was arrested and charged as a peeping tom at a clothing store at Westfield Montgomery Mall. (Published Thursday, Dec 22, 2011)

    A 24-year-old woman said a store employee recorded cell phone video of her disrobing in a fitting room earlier this month, according to police.

    The victim said a sales associate let her in to the fitting rooms at the Guess store in Westfield Shoppingtown Montgomery Dec. 10 to try on jeans. The associate asked her several times if she needed assistance, and she declined, police said.

    In the fitting room, the woman looked down and noticed a cell phone camera in front of the associate’s feet under the fitting room door, and she believed she was being recorded, police said. When she opened the door, the associate put his foot over the phone.

    To get him to leave, she asked for him to get something else for her to try on, then she made a purchase, left the store and called police.

    Surveillance video apparently showed the associate on the floor looking underneath the door, police said.

    Police seized several cell phones and laptops from the suspect’s home to search for images of other possible victims.

    Police arrested 18-year-old Gonzalo Quevedo-Garcia, of Gaithersburg, Tuesday and charged him with one count of peeping tom and one count of visual surveillance with prurient intent. Those are misdemeanors, but if police find evidence that Quevedo-Garcia shared any video of women undressing, he could face felony charges.

    Quevedo-Garcia was released on personal recognizance Wednesday.

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