Man records woman in dressing room at Altamonte Mall, police say

By: Jeff Levkulich , WFTV Web Staff

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - A Casselberry man was arrested on suspicion of recording a woman in a dressing room at Forever 21, Altamonte Springs police said.

It happened Friday at the Altamonte Mall, police said. 

Altamonte Mall security and Forever 21 management said they tried stopping Jose Santiago, 40, but he took off, police told Channel 9’s Jeff Levkulich.

Police were able to catch up to Santiago, and investigators said it appears Santiago tried to delete items from his phone, police said. Investigators grabbed Santiago’s cellphone and said they noticed Santiago trying to delete photos from his Apple Watch, so they also confiscated the watch.

Santiago said during questioning that he was at Forever 21 trying on clothes and that a woman accused him of recording her, investigators said. He denied recording the woman and left the store, police said.

Police said they went through his phone and didn’t find any of the photos he’s accused of taking because police believe he deleted them, investigators said. 

Police said they have probable cause to suspect Santiago took the photos and that they'll be able to recover them.

"They (detectives) are very confident in being able to retrieve those (photos). Turn it over to our forensic team, do a dump on the phone and retrieve those photos," Master Patrol Officer Anthony VanCleave with the Altamonte Springs Police Department said.

Santiago faces charges of video voyeurism and destroying evidence.

Police said they’re working to identify other potential victims.

Santiago has posted bail and is out of the Seminole County Jail.

 

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