Man Disguised as Woman Allegedly Sneaks into RSF Women's Locker Room, Takes Pictures
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Category: News > City > Crime
A man disguised as a female entered the women's locker room at the UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility on two separate occasions last week, allegedly observing and taking pictures of women using the facilities.
On both days, RSF staff members noticed the imposter - described as a male in his 20s between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-6 with dark hair and a thin build - after he had already gained entrance to the locker rooms, according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao.
"Certainly this is a rare and unusual incident," he said.
On Oct. 4 at about 9:40 p.m., a member of the facility's custodial staff spotted the man, who appeared to be taking pictures with his cell phone while in the locker room, Yao said. Yao added that when the custodian confronted the individual, he fled the scene immediately.
Yao added that UCPD, which was notified by the worker, could not locate the suspect.
"The suspect was described to be wearing a white gym towel on his head and to be covering his jaw and mouth," Yao said.
The man's costume also included large, dark sunglasses, sweatpants with rolled-up legs and curly shoulder length black hair believed to be a wig, Yao added.
Only members of the RSF and staff have access to the fitness center's locker rooms, which are located behind a security gate and turnstiles.
"Either the suspect is a member, or he got a hold of some member's card," said Eric Craypo, director of communications for Recreational Sports.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, two days after the first incident, a female patron of the center noticed the man, again disguised in workout clothes and a wig, while she changed her clothes, Craypo said. The-22 year-old patron, who is also an employee of the facility, noticed the suspicious person and confronted him. When she asked the individual to present his ID, the man ran from the room, according to Craypo.
UCPD arrived at the scene but was again unable to locate the individual. Fliers have been posted in the locker rooms with information from the police report about the incident.
"The important thing to note is for patrons and users of campus facilities, and especially in the restrooms and locker rooms, to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious person to UCPD immediately, as soon as they feel safe to do so," Yao said.
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