An unidentified alleged peeping Tom was caught by a Target store employee and a female victim in a dressing room area on March 29 in Knoxville, Tennessee (video below).
"I saw in the reflection behind the mirror something kind of come under my door, and right when I looked at it, it kind of moved away,” Leigh Hamby, the alleged victim, told WATE.
Fortunately, a Target employee, Susan Davis, caught the man.
"She asked him in that mama bear voice, which I appreciated, 'What are you doing?'" Hamby told WBIR.
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"I heard a man say ‘nothing’ or something along those lines and that’s when my stomach dropped," Hamby said.
The man quickly fled the store.
Hamby thinks the man was using his cellphone to take photos or video of her while she was changing clothes.
The Knoxville Police Department report stated: "While the victim, Leigh Hamby, was in the dressing room [Davis] observed the suspect, white male with black hat, burgundy t-shirt, gray shorts, around 5'9" and close to 200 pounds, kneeling down by the dressing room," notes WBIR.
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"It's dehumanizing in a sense," Hamby said. "That somebody feels like they can go into the privacy of my dressing room and take something that doesn't belong to them."
Hamby's father, John, encouraged her to go public: "My immediate response was what's been done and did they catch the person? Don't let it go, these types of things need to be brought out in the open."
The police report noted there is a video surveillance recording of the suspected peeping Tom who "had been in and out of the dressing room for over an hour before he was caught taking photographs of the victim. I [the officer] observed around 5 or 6 other women enter the dressing room during this time, with each time the suspect entering the dressing room and exiting a short time after the females leave."
"It's heartbreaking to know that they were most likely violated as well," Hamby added. "You shouldn't have to worry just shopping through Target about what is going to happen. It just makes me really sad."
Target released a statement about the incident:
At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. As a part this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. As soon as this incident was brought to our attention, we immediately partnered with local law enforcement.
Hamby told WATE that she is not going to try on clothes in a store again.