WASHINGTON (WJLA) — The 39-year-old man who allegedly used a pinhole camera to illegally film a teenage girl inside of a fitting room at the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax County on Christmas Eve could have dozens more victims, police announced Thursday.
Mumtaz Rauf, of Alexandria, has already been charged with unlawful filming of a minor, which is a felony based on the girl being under 18 years old, Fairfax County Police say.
The victim in that case was inside of a dressing room in a Forever 21 store on December 24 when she spotted a black device similar to a camera or cell phone "pointing down" from the wall of the room. Rauf allegedly was seen by an employee leaving the store as he traveled into the mall area.
Officers later found Rauf in the dressing room of an H&M store.
According to police, he had a pinhole camera, black tape, and a battery powered Bluetooth transmitter which was used to collect videos and photos from multiple dressing rooms.
In a Thursday press conference, police said they think Rauf targeted victims between December 15th and 24th based on more than 100 videos they found seized laptops, desktops, phones, cameras, tablets and thumb drives. They are still trying to identify some of the stores based on those recordings.
So far the locations and approximate time frames police say they have been able to identify are:
December 22, 2018
December 24, 2018
Investigators believe Rauf may have also planted hidden cameras at a few stores at Tysons Corner Center.
A shopper, who asked not to be identified, says this isn’t the first time a man has crossed the line in a fitting room at the Fair Oaks Mall.
She says a few months ago, a man was watching her while she tried on clothes at another store in the mall.
“There was an elderly white male who was peeking through the curtains through the dressing room,” said the unidentified shopper. “So I think that if they were able to put better security systems in place, people would feel more comfortable.”
The mall’s leaders are looking into ways to better protect shoppers.
“Education, working with (retailers) - making sure they are connected with the police department,” said General Manager Robert Stark.
If you believe you are a victim, call 703-246-4600.
Rauf is being held without bond on unrelated drug charges.