Police look for man taking photos inside El Paso retail stores
Police are searching for a man who has been taking photographs of women at various public bathrooms across El Paso.
Police said the man was captured on security video.
The first reported incident happened at the Ross at 655 Sunland Park Drive in west El Paso on Jan. 1, police said.
The suspect in this case made his way into the ladies’ bathroom and was inside a stall for almost an hour, took some photographs and fled the scene when confronted him, they said.
On Dec. 29, the same suspect walked into the ladies’ bathroom at the Barnes and Noble located at 8889 Gateway West at the Fountains At Farah, said police.
Authorities believe the suspect stayed in a stall in the ladies' bathroom at the store and was confronted by employees. They said the man claimed he confused the bathrooms and left. Police said they believe no photos were taken at that location.
The most recent incident happened on Feb. 1 at Ross at 1848 Joe Battle in far east El Paso. Police said in this case, the man was in the ladies’ bathroom for a significant amount of time before being confronted and taking a picture of a woman.
Police describe the suspect as a black male in his mid-20s to early 30s with a thin to average build, and appears to be wearing some type of shirt or cap with the “Adidas” logo on it.
Anyone with any information on the identity of this peeping Tom is asked to call Crime Stoppers of El Paso immediately at 566-8477(TIPS), or report it online at www.crimestoppersofelpaso.org. You can also send a text message by entering the key word “CRIME1” (no space and include the quotation marks) plus your tip information, and text it to CRIMES (274637). You will remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you can qualify for a cash reward. Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that brings the community, law enforcement and the media together to solve crime.
This is the first time El Pasoans have been told that a man was suspected of recording victims inside a restroom.
Irving Jose Marquez was accused of putting a video camera inside a family restroom inside Cielo Vista Mall last year.
Marquez pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography and invasive visual recording bath/dress room in August 2017.
He was also facing a separate charge; indecency with a child sexual contact.
According to court records, Marquez pled not guilty to that charge on Thursday.
He’s scheduled to be in court on Feb. 28. and remains at the El Paso County Detention Facility.
And in a separate incident earlier this year, a man was accused of taking footage of women in a dressing room at Victoria's Secret at the same mall.
El Paso police said Friday that suspect has not been charged.