DPD Issues Statement On Alleged ‘Peeping Tom’ Incident At Walmart
Enterprise Staff Writer
Douglas Police Department officers responded to Walmart earlier this week after a woman allegedly pulled a gun on a Hispanic man in the retail store’s bathroom. The woman alleged the man entered the women’s restroom and watched her as she used the facilities.
DPD officials issued the following statement in regards to the alleged incident, “We have been made aware of a post, on Facebook, regarding an incident which occurred at Walmart yesterday [Monday, September 25]. There are a lot of comments being made regarding this incident and we would like to clarify what took place, the actions made by officers and what actions are taking place.
“The post mentions someone being robbed. There was no robbery.
“On Monday September 25, 2017 at around 2:12 pm, officers responded to Walmart regarding a person holding someone at gunpoint in a bathroom. Upon officers’ arrival they entered the female restroom and found a female with her purse open and her hand on a pistol, which was still in its holster. There was also a male in the restroom. The female was keeping the male from leaving. The male was a non-English speaking Hispanic and he spoke to Sgt. Perez regarding the incident and the female spoke with Officer Rewis.
“There are two different accounts as to what took place, with no known witnesses to verify a crime took place. The officers determined there was no probable cause to make an arrest of the male subject based on the available information. Walmart made a decision to ban the male from their store for a two-year period.
“All information was gathered on the subject with the intent of requesting a probable cause hearing with the magistrate office to determine if there is enough sufficient information for the issuance of a warrant for Peeping Tom.
“The female will be subpoenaed to testify stating her allegations of what took place and the male individual will be able to testify on his version of events. The Magistrate Judge will determine if sufficient probable cause exists and if so issue a warrant for the arrest of the male subject.”
The Douglas Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident and is seeking any witnesses that can provide information in regards to this incident. If you have information concerning this incident please contact the Douglas Police Department at 912-384-2222.