WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police are searching for a person of interest who allegedly took pictures of a 10-year-old girl while shopping at Target with her mother.
It happened Tuesday evening around 5:30 at the Super Target in the 2900 block of Maize Road.
The mother, Aggie, yelled for help after she said a man was taking pictures of her daughter through the clothing racks. The mother told KSN it happened in the bra and panty section. The mother also tells KSN she approached the man.
“At that time, I went into mama bear mode, and I said I saw that and I heard that you took a picture of my daughter give me your camera, and he said I don’t know what you’re talking about, and I said show me the picture that you just took and erase it.”
She and her husband chased the man out of the store. He left in a 1980’s two door blue Cadillac.
Officer Charley Davidson said EMCU detectives are looking into the case. Right now, no one has been arrested or charged although police said they have someone identified.
“We are looking into the circumstances in the case,” said officer Davidson. “We are working to see if a crime has been committed.”
When asked about taking pictures in public places, Davidson responded.
“There is no law against taking pictures in a public place. It happens every weekend at sporting events,” he added. “If you are in a situation, you feel it is uncomfortable, like something that was awry, you could call 911.”
Aggie said the detective told her the same thing.
“And that unless he approached my daughter and touched her or said something explicit to her, there may be nothing done which is very frustrating to me.”
Target’s corporate office emailed KSN this statement about the incident.
At Target, our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. As part of this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. As soon as we were made aware of this incident, we partnered with local law enforcement. Since this is an active investigation, please contact law enforcement with further questions.”
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KSN News will continue to follow this story and bring you new information as the investigation continues.