July 10, 2012
A routine shopping day this weekend at the Kohl’s in Albemarle County took an unusual turn when police say a man was taking videos of the customers without them knowing.
“It is an unusual case; we have not many reports of this that I know of,” said Sgt. Darrell Byers, Albemarle County Police.
Police arrested Maurice Monroe on Sunday in the Kohl’s parking lot. He’s charged with assault and battery on a police officer, but that’s not what prompted his arrest. Police say he was taking videos of female customers with his cell phone in the store as they were bending over.
“We subsequently seized his phone. We'll be attempting to get a search warrant to see what other videos may or may not be on that device,” said Sgt. Byers.
Store security contacted police when they noticed what was allegedly happening and police responded to Kohl’s.
“Once the gentleman saw us, he attempted to flee,” said Sgt. Byers.
After a struggle in the parking lot, Monroe allegedly elbowed the officer in the chest. The officer was fine and placed Monroe under arrest. Police say something like the alleged incident can happen anywhere.
Many shoppers at the Hollymead Town Center are in shock after hearing of the allegations.
“I'm appalled that somebody would do something like that. I think we all deserve some privacy,” said Jana Early, a shopper.
“With cameras the way they are, I guess you just never know what people are doing with them,” said Delaiah Cobbler, a shopper.
For now, Monroe is just charged with assault and battery on a police officer until police can investigate this incident further.
Police say the best thing to do if you think someone is taking inappropriate photos of videos of you is to contact them immediately.
They can then respond to the scene and confront the suspect to figure out exactly what’s happening.