OKC Police: Teen Girl Followed Into Public Restroom By Accused Peeping Tom

Wednesday, May 27th 2020, 5:02 pm
By: Caleigh Bourgeois

Oklahoma City police are asking for the public’s help identifying an accused peeping Tom.

Investigators said the man is accused of following a 16-year-old girl into a public restroom and looking at her through the stall.

The incident happened over the weekend at the Dick’s Sporting Goods on W. Reno Avenue in Oklahoma City.

According to police reports, the teenager was at the store with her boyfriend and his mother.

“She said she went in the restroom and she heard someone come in. She didn’t think anything about it. Then, she looked up and the man was staring at her through the crack in the stall, like made eye contact with her,” the victim’s mother said.

The mother said her daughter ran out of the bathroom and told her boyfriend’s mother and a store employee what happened. 

“When the manager called in about the incident, he told the dispatcher it was a trespasser. Never once mentioned to them there was a peeping Tom,” the girl’s mother said.

It wasn’t until later in the weekend the victim’s parents even learned about what happened.

Police reports said the victim’s father then drove to the store and called police to give them the full story.

Officers posted surveillance photos of the suspect to the Oklahoma City Police Department's Facebook page in hopes that someone would recognize him.

“Officers were contacted by the father of the victim, who obviously was very upset about this. We were able to obtain a surveillance photo of the suspect,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

According to her mother, the victim is in a state of mental distress after the trauma of the crime.

The mother said she wishes the manager would have kept the man at the store until police arrived and called the incident in as more than just "trespassing."

“They let him walk out. They let him leave and just said he was a trespasser and not to come back,” the mother said.

Dick’s Sporting Goods has not replied to News 9’s request for comment as of Wednesday afternoon.

The victim’s mother said she received a call from the corporate office and they said the incident was under internal investigation.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.