THE WOODLANDS, Texas - The suspect wanted for taking photos of teen girls in a dressing room was arrested Friday evening and has since bonded out of jail, according to Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies.
Christopher Paul Taylor was arrested by deputies after two warrants were put out for his arrest for Invasive Visual Recording.
A group of teenagers told KHOU 11 on Friday their sense of security was shattered after they caught Taylor taking photos of them in a department store dressing room.
The 16-year-olds were shopping with friends at Tyler’s Department Store near The Woodlands mall when the incident happened.
KHOU 11 is not identifying the girls, one of whom is the daughter of a KHOU 11 employee, because they’re minors and victims of a crime.
As two of the friends tried on swimsuits at Tyler’s on May 30, they realized the bottom of one was missing. A quick search revealed something else entirely.
“I saw a hand and a cell phone underneath the bench,” one teen said. “I looked a little closer and it pulled away.”
She says her first thought that another friend was pulling a prank was quickly replaced by a horrifying realization.
She told her friend, “’There was someone outside who I think was taking pictures of us under the thing.’”
A friend who’d been posted outside the fitting room followed Taylor until he left the store, then reported what had happened to the staff, who called the sheriff’s office.
“The cop was like, ‘How long do you think you were in the dressing room?’” said the other teen. “We were easily in there for 20 minutes, but we don’t know how long he was standing there watching.”
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Taylor was caught pulling a similar stunt at a nearby Target a few days later.
The victim in that case says someone reached a phone over the door into the dressing room. She opened the door and confronted Taylor who was standing there with a sleeping child in a stroller.
She even snapped a picture of him before he allegedly rammed her with the stroller to get away.
“I just want everyone to be aware of it because you think The Woodlands is a safe place,” one girl said. “You never realize what can actually happen.”
If you have any more information about either case, call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.