SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts man was arrested Sunday after a woman told police she caught him taking a video up her skirt in Smithfield.
Officers responded to the Barnes & Noble on Putnam Pike just after 6 p.m. and said the victim had taken the suspect’s cell phone, which he used to take the video.
Smithfield Police Det. Sgt. Gregg Catlow said the man bent down and pretended to tie his shoe, then slid the phone towards her legs while it was recording. When she realized what was happening, she stepped on the phone and called for help from staff members. However, the suspect didn’t attempt to escape or get his phone back.
Police soon arrived and took Nathan Steele, 32, of Southbridge, into custody on a charge of video voyeurism.
“This is the first that we’ve seen that someone’s been caught doing it that we know of,” Catlow said. “We don’t recommend confronting someone, for your own safety, but she did a good job and she really controlled the situation well.”
Steele was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and is due back in court Oct. 20.
Investigators said this may not be an isolated incident, and ask anyone with information on any other voyeurism cases to contact the Smithfield Police Department Detective Division at (401) 233-1036.