Topanga Canyon News
Police Seeking Up-Skirt Photographer
By Melissa Simon
Aug 27, 2013 - 11:48:28 AM

TOPANGA CANYON—The Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Division Sexual Assault Unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man taking pictures of young girls at the Westfield Topanga Mall.

Still of the suspect from mall surveillance video. Photo credit: LAPD
According to police, on July 20 around 3:45 p.m. the suspect approached a 7-year-old girl while she was standing in line at the food court with her mother. The victim’s mother caught the suspect pointing a small camera at her daughter’s dress and scared him away.

Upon following the suspect, the victim’s mother watched him successfully take up-skirt pictures of three unsuspecting teenage girls, according to police. The suspect left the mall before security officers could apprehend him. 

The suspect has been described as a white male with light brown hair, about 60 to 70 years old, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6 and weighing around 140 to 160 pounds. The surveillance video shows him wearing glasses and carrying a brown backpack.

Anyone with information on the suspect should contact Detective Avila or Detective Abbinanti with the Sexual Assault Unit at 1-818-756-3375. Calls can be made to 1-877-527-3247 during non-business hours or on weekends and those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or by text at 274637 with "LAPD" at the beginning of the message.

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