Accused cell phone peeper to be arraigned Friday
VISTA (CNS) – A Valley Center man accused of using his cell phone to
shoot thousands of photos and video snippets up unsuspecting girls' and women's
skirts at retail shops throughout Escondido is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Detectives arrested Julio Cesar Garcia, 22, at his home early Wednesday
evening, Lt. Craig Carter said.
Garcia's iPhone allegedly contained about 2,100 images surreptitiously
taken up the skirts and dresses of more than 100 girls and women ranging in age
from about 15 to 35, according to Carter.
Investigators have identified four alleged victims, and they are willing
to testify against the suspect, the lieutenant said.
The crimes allegedly took place at numerous businesses over about a
yearlong period, beginning in September 2010. Many of the victims were waiting
in sales lines when the images were taken.
It took detectives months to identify Garcia, who works at a tire store
in Escondido, as the suspected perpetrator. Surveillance video of him and his
vehicle helped police eventually track him down, according to Carter.
“This was not an easy one by any stretch of the imagination,” the
lieutenant said. “This was definitely a needle in a haystack.”
Garcia was booked into Vista Jail on suspicion of two dozen counts of
secretly filming a person and other related charges. He was being held in lieu
of $200,000 bail pending arraignment.