FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487
On 07/21/2011 at approximately 1600 hours, Escondido Police Officers responded to a local retail store regarding a subject that had been seen taking photos up the skirts of unsuspecting female victims. The suspect would enter the store and walk behind the victims while they were distracted and take a photo up their skirt with his cell phone. In each of the cases, the victims were not aware of the suspect or the fact they were photographed.
Observant security officers noticed this suspect and immediately called the police. Escondido police officers arrived on scene, located the suspect in the store, and placed him under arrest. All three female victims (in their mid 30’s) were located and signed a citizen’s arrest for the violations.
Juan Ramirez Chavez, 41 of Escondido, was arrested and charged with three counts of PC 647 (j) (2) (Disorderly Conduct) one count of PC 148.9 (Giving false information to a police officer) and one count of PC 114 (Use of False Documents).
An immigration hold was also placed on Chavez by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Predators like Chavez target victims that are distracted and unaware of individuals within close proximity. As always, the Escondido Police Department encourages people to be aware of their surrounding and call the police if they observe any suspicious activity.
Detailed description of all charges:
PC 647 (j)(2), Any person who uses a concealed camcorder, motion picture camera, or photographic camera of any type, to secretly videotape, film, photograph, or record by electronic means, another, identifiable person under or through the clothing being worn by that other person, for the purpose of viewing the body of, or the undergarments worn by, that other person, without the consent or knowledge of that other person, with the intent to arouse, appeal to, or gratify the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person and invade the privacy of that other person, under circumstances in which the other person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
PC 114, Any person who uses false documents to conceal his or her true citizenship or resident alien status is guilty of a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for five years or by a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).
PC 148.9(a), Any person who falsely represents or identifies himself or herself as another person or as a fictitious person to any peace officer listed in Section 830.1 or 830.2, or subdivision (a) of Section 830.33, upon a lawful detention or arrest of the person, either to evade the process of the court, or to evade the proper identification of the person by the investigating officer is guilty of a misdemeanor.
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