Thursday, June 9, 2011
NY: Perv trying to take picture of woman's underwear with cell phone at grocery store cornered by staff
A cell phone sicko trying to take a photo up a woman's skirt Thursday was corralled by workers at a Brooklyn market after he got into a tussle with the victim, police said.
The woman - blond, in her late 30's and wearing a blue-and-yellow summer dress - was shopping at a Key Food in Park Slope just after 11 a.m.
As the woman was reaching up to buy cake mix in aisle 5, she caught the suspected perv trying to take an upskirt shot from behind, police said.
When she tried to grab his cell phone, the two got into a scuffle and she hurt her shoulder when the suspect shoved her, witnesses told police.
"She started screaming 'Help! Help!" said one of four store workers who heard the commotion and came running. "She was trying to grab his cell phone and take it away from him."
The suspect ran from the Fifth Ave. store, with the workers in hot pursuit, cornering him a block away down Sterling Pl. Then they brought him back to the store.
A witness told the Daily News the suspect initially claimed the woman "was flipping out" and that he hadn't done anything wrong.
Several Bravest from a nearby firehouse were shopping in the market just before the madness erupted. They helped keep an eye on the camera perv outside the store until cops arrived.
The woman was taken to nearby Methodist Hospital. Shin stable condition.
Police scooped up the creepy shutterbug and took him to the 78th Precinct stationhouse.
Identified as William Barbosa, a 28-year-old construction work from Newark, NJ, he was charged with felony unlawful surveillance and misdemeanor assault, cops said.
"Its crazy. Some men have no respect," said Gabby Rodriguez, 20, a server at El Pollito Mexicano restaurant across the street who saw the chase.
"Now I don't want to wear a skirt. It's in my head. I don't want anyone taking a picture of me."