Woman helps capture alleged voyeur at Des Moines library

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 6:20 PM

DES MOINES, Wash. - Do you ever get that funny feeling someone is watching you?

Traci Pigg got that feeling Thursday evening at the Des Moines library while she was in a stall of the ladies bathroom.

"I went into the bathroom and into the first stall," Pigg said. "I noticed a black bag that was blocking the person's feet on the other side. I also noticed there was no absolutely no sound coming from the next door."

Pigg said she looked behind her and noticed a cell phone peeking into her stall just behind the toilet near the wall.

"There was just the very tip of the phone wedged in the crevice where the stall met the wall," she said. "Immediately I just panicked and reached back and punched the phone, and as quickly as I could, got myself together, grabbed my backpack and purse and ran out for help."

Police say witnesses saw a man wearing a skirt leave the bathroom.

"They observed a male dressed in female's clothing go running out of the library and went running westbound on 216th," said Sgt. Doug Jenkins of the Des Moines Police.

Police found the man and his phone hiding under a camper down the street. But they are still searching for the skirt they say he ditched along the way, along with the black duffel bag he was carrying.

"I hope they find that bag," said Pigg. "It probably has so much nastiness in it."

Pigg showed a photo of what she found in the stall the man was hiding in. It's a piece of wood used to help prop up the phone, for a steadier shot.

"He was set up in there for the long haul. It's horrifying to think how long he's been in there and how many days he's been doing this,” Pigg said.

Police credit Pigg for helping catch a voyeur before he could have done something worse.

"She did the right thing for her, and it worked out the best for everybody," said Jenkins.

The suspect is a 40-year-old man with no significant prior criminal record. He may be a transient. Jenkins says they are checking to see if he is responsible for two similar incidents at the same library over the last two years.

Investigators from other agencies, like Bothell, are seeing if he is tied to unsolved cases in their area as well.

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