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Police ID and charge man taking up-skirt photos of women riding escalators at mall

Posted at 6:19 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 09:07:48-04

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Police have charged a man for allegedly taking photos and videos up women's skirts at a Montgomery County Mall.

Abdul Muhammad, 27, is accused of taping and photographing at least four female victims over a two day period at the Ellsworth Place Mall in Silver Spring.

The first report was made to mall security on Friday, May 10, and the second complaint was made the following day.

In each instance, the suspect reportedly took up skirt pictures and videos of women riding the mall escalators.

A review of surveillance footage revealed the same suspect in both incidents.

On May 15, Montgomery County Police along with mall security monitored the escalators in hopes of catching the suspect in the act.

At around 3:30 p.m., authorities approached the suspect after seeing him inside the mall. The suspect, later identified as Muhammad, initially refused to provide police with his name and was placed under arrest.

Investigators identified four victims in the surveillance footage and found that Muhammad approached each one from behind and began to photograph and video tape under their skirts.

Muhammad was charged with four counts of using a camera for prurient intent to conduct visual surveillance of the private area of the victims without their consent.

He has since been released on $3,000 bond.