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Woman reports voyeur tried to film her in the WinCo bathroom

Woman reports voyeur tried to film her in the WinCo bathroom

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Police said a woman was trying to use the bathroom at WinCo when she noticed someone was trying to film her.

[UPDATE, August 16] Police tell Action News the suspected voyeur has been identified. Detectives continue to investigate this case.

--End of Update--

“It's supposed to be a safe place for you to use the facilities and it doesn't make it feel very safe at all,” shopper Ramona Settle said.

A simple bathroom break at the grocery store turned terribly wrong for a woman in Kennewick.

“That's not right,” shopper Ras Kamara said. “Everybody needs privacy.”

Police said the victim was in the bathroom when she noticed a hand reach over the stall with a cell phone.

“The victim indicated that the camera was on record--like it was recording a video,” Sgt. Aaron Clem said.

Police said the victim confronted the woman she said was trying to film her. But the woman denied even having a cell phone.

“That person needs to be disciplined, and there must be an explanation for that,” Kamara said.

Police said a WinCo employee also confronted the woman and escorted her out of the store.

“It's one of those weird things that doesn't happen very often,” Clem said.

When they went back to the bathroom, they found a phone in the stall—a phone police have since searched.

“We didn't find a video on the phone,” Clem said. “That doesn't mean that she didn't take a video, it just means that there wasn't one on the phone.”

But police don't know who the potential voyeur is--so they're using a security photo to try to find her.

“I'm not sure how I feel about that,” Settle said. “Because I usually have my girls with me, and they're developmentally disabled, so now I won’t let them go to the bathroom by themselves.”

Police said they hope to find her and figure out what she was doing, and why.

If you know anything about this woman, please call Kennewick Police.

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