A Fredericksburg man was arrested Monday at Potomac Mills Mall after, police say, he dressed in women's clothes and attempted to film a woman through a bathroom stall – the third such incident since May.
The victim in the latest case, a 35-year-old Alabama woman, told police she was using the restroom around 3:10 p.m. when she saw a bag “protruding from underneath a neighboring stall,” said Prince William police spokesman Nathaniel Probus.
The victim told police that when she tried to confront the suspect, a man dressed in women’s clothing exited the stall and went into another stall next to another woman, Probus said.
The victim alerted the woman in the stall and contacted Potomac Mills security officers, who detained the man until police arrived.
Richard Rodriguez, 30, of Old Greenwich Drive in Fredericksburg, was charged with three counts of unlawful filming of a nonconsenting person and three counts of peeping, Probus said. He is being held without bond at the Prince William-Manassas regional jail.
Police say Rodriguez is responsible for a May incident at the Walmart on Worth Avenue near the mall and an October incident at Potomac Mills.
In the May 15 case, a 53-year-old Woodbridge woman told police she was using the bathroom when an unknown man dressed in women’s clothing stood in front of her stall and tried to use a mirror to peep inside. The victim confronted the suspect, who fled the restroom.
In the Oct. 11 incident at Potomac Mills, police say the suspect attempted to peep through a bathroom stall at a 35-year-old Stafford woman and her 5-year-old daughter. The victim struggled with the suspect, but he was able to get away and fled the mall in women’s clothing.