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Police trying to ID hundreds of victims secretly recorded in dressing rooms

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Police are trying to identify hundreds of women who were secretly recorded. (Image source: YouTube screencap)

Police in Lake Worth, Texas, are trying to identify hundreds of women who were allegedly recorded without their knowledge.

Suspect Alexander Martinez has been arrested and charged with Invasive Visual Recording, after authorities discovered videos of alleged victims spanning back to 2011.

What led to the arrest?

A female shopper filed a complaint after discovering that she was being recorded while changing in a Target dressing room while her young children were with her.

The suspect fled, but Target employees alerted authorities a week later when the accused peeping Tom returned to the store.

Martinez was arrested and a warrant was granted for law enforcement to search his electronic devices for evidence. Detective Richard Martinez said after reviewing the suspect's videos, "I've been in law enforcement almost 30 years and I've never seen anything like this.

"There's hundreds of women being violated."

The years of footage reportedly showed women and teenagers being recorded while disrobing, other shots were taken up victims' skirts with a phone — and further clips showed women being recorded in their own homes.

According to Det. Martinez, the suspect became more brazen, making physical contact with some of the women who were recorded. Police are searching for women who believe they may have been recorded in order to identify whether or not they even knew they were on camera.

Anything else?

Just last week, another man was arrested in St. Peters, Missouri, in a similar case. Over 1,000 videos of women were found on the computer of suspect Charles Shoults, who admitted to using a shoe camera to record women in a mall dressing room.

Shoults was also discovered by alleged victims, and fled when they yelled at him — he, too, was busted after being identified later as a person of interest.

With recording devices so commonly available, crimes such as these are becoming increasingly prevalent. Authorities urge anyone who believes they were recorded without their consent to report the incident to law enforcement.

 

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