PALMDALE – A 33-year-old Palmdale man who allegedly dressed as a woman while secretly videotaping females using a department store bathroom was charged with several misdemeanor counts Tuesday, authorities said.
Jason Pomare was charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for the purposes of sexual gratification, according to Sergeant Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred Saturday afternoon (May 11) at Macy’s Department Store in the Antelope Valley Mall.
Detectives said Pomare disguised himself in women’s clothing, wearing a bra with gel pads and a dark shoulder-length wig, and then snuck into the bathroom at Macy’s with a miniature video camera concealed in a bag.
Pomare allegedly slid the bag underneath stalls in order to secretly videotape women as they were using the toilet, detectives said.
A woman spotted the setup and contacted store security.
“Macy’s Department Store Security Officers were contacted by a customer who complained about a man in the woman’s restroom who was acting suspiciously,” Hudson said.
The security officers reported the incident to a nearby deputy from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, as Pomare scurried from the bathroom and out of the store, detectives said.
A deputy was patrolling in the parking area of the Antelope Valley Mall when he saw a male exit the Macy’s Department Store matching the description that had been provided to him, Hudson said.
Pomare ran from deputies, but he was nabbed minutes later hiding underneath a tractor trailer near the store’s loading dock, officials said.
A purse was seized from Pomare, which contained a video camera, a mirror and a roll of duct tape, officials said.
Pomare admitted to deleting some of the images while he was fleeing from deputies, however, his video camera still contained footage of a female sitting on the toilet using the bathroom, officials said.
Pomare was arrested Saturday afternoon and booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Pomare on Tuesday.
Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau and speak with Sergeant Brian Hudson at 562-619-1370.
UPDATE: After pleading not guilty to the charges on Tuesday, Pomare’s bail was set at $125,000, according to court records. Unable to make bail, Pomare was remanded to the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles. He is due back in court on June 6, for a preliminary hearing on the case.