FAIRFAX, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - Authorities are attempting to identify nearly 60 female victims who were secretly filmed while changing in fitting rooms in Fairfax County, according to officials.
Fairfax County police said 39-year-old Mumtaz Rauf was arrested on Christmas Eve for unlawfully filming a minor at the Forever 21 in Fair Oaks Mall. An investigation uncovered more than 100 videos secretly recorded in fitting rooms at Forever 21 and H&M at Fair Oaks Mall and at the Old Navy located at Tyson's Corner Center, according to detectives.
Investigators said the videos were recorded between December 15 and Christmas Eve. Authorities stated they were now attempting to identify nearly 60 female victims who were secretly recorded while changing in fitting rooms.
“We also discovered inappropriate video recordings, likely prior to this time frame, on the suspect’s phone including numerous videos in which he secretly filmed up the skirts of several women,” Major Ed O’Caroll with the Fairfax County Police Department stated at a news conference on Thursday.
Rauf, 39, was caught after a victim noticed a black device that she thought might be a cellphone or camera pointing down from a wall of the dressing room at Forever 21, according to police.
An employee told police that a man identified as Rauf was seen leaving the store, heading into the mall. When police found Rauf in the fitting room at an H&M location in the mall, they discovered that he had a number of items including a pinhole camera, black tape, and a Bluetooth transmitter that police believe he was using to gather video and pictures from various fitting rooms.
If you have any information that could aid detectives in their investigation or believe you may have been a victim, you’re urged to call the Fairfax County Police Department at (703)246-4600.