Target Shopper Shaken by Face-to-Face Encounter with Suspected Peeping Tom - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Target Shopper Shaken by Face-to-Face Encounter with Suspected Peeping Tom

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    Target Shopper Encounters Suspected Peeping Tom

    An unsuspecting shopper is warning people in store dressing rooms to be aware of their surroundings after she had a face to face encounter with a suspected Peeping Tom. (Published Monday, Sept. 5, 2016)

    Dallas police and Target security are investigating a suspected Peeping Tom who allegedly used a cell phone to look at an unsuspecting customer as she tried on clothes in the dressing room.

    Police said the woman reported the man put his cellphone under the dressing room door and recorded her undressing at the Target in the 6400 block of East Northwest Highway at about 3 p.m. Sept. 1. She said she opened the door and startled him.

    "He popped right up and he apologized and just said, 'Oh, sorry,' and turned around and left," she said.

    Target security confirmed to NBC 5 their surveillance cameras recorded the suspect and they shared those photos with Dallas police.

    "You don't think something like that is going to happen," explained the woman, who asked to remain anonymous. "I just don't feel comfortable going back."

    The woman described the man as young, white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 180 pounds with brown hair. Police said he drove away in a Ford Explorer.

    Dallas police asked anyone with information about this incident call Det. Chris Anderson at 214-671-3616.

    Sunday afternoon, Target's corporate office released a statement, which reads in part:

    "At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. As a part of this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies, and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work."

    The statement goes on to say they are working with law enforcement and it is an active investigation. 

    "I wish I would have grabbed his cell phone as it was under the door," the woman told NBC 5. "There were so many things that ran through my mind, only afterwards, of what I could have and should have done." 

    She said, while she'll still go to Target for some things, "I really don't think I'll be shopping clothing at Target anytime soon, probably ever." 

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