Police: Man videotaped women in Springdale Target dressing room

Published: Jul. 24, 2014 at 1:16 AM EDT
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The suspect, photo provided by Springdale Police.
The suspect, photo provided by Springdale Police.

SPRINGDALE, OH (FOX19) - You expect privacy while you're at your favorite shopping spot, especially in a dressing room. 

Springdale Police are looking for a man they say compromised that privacy by trying to videotape women in dressing rooms at a Target location there.
"I come here all the time, two, three times a week," said shopper Vera Simms.
It's safe to say Simms comes to the East Kemper Road Target location pretty often.
"It feels creepy. I don't expect when you come in the store that somebody's watching," said Simms.
According to police, no one else at that store expected it either.
They say a bearded man in a black baseball cap was trying to videotape females in the store's dressing rooms on Tuesday.
"It makes me sick to my stomach, truthfully," said shopper Pam Summerlin.
This particular Target is one of Summerlin's favorite places to get whatever she needs.  But, an incident like this, she won't tolerate.
"It's like everywhere you go these days.  You just have to watch your back, and everybody else's back, because you never know - you might be the one," said Summerlin.
Police say the suspect was outed and confronted after taking video of a 17-year old girl.
"I have a 20-year old granddaughter.  We come to Target.  She wants to go shopping.  She wants to try on clothes. You don't want that kind of stuff creeping them out," said Brenda Baldwin, another shopper.
A Target spokesperson told FOX19 today, "The safety and security of our guests is a top priority for Target.  We take these matters very seriously and we are partnering with local law enforcement on this incident."
"I won't stop shopping Target because I like Target, but I will be more aware of what's going on," Baldwin told FOX19.
That Target spokesperson went on to say, "Because this matter is under active investigation, we are unable to share additional information."
Springdale Police say the suspect left the store in a black Ford pick-up truck.
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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