On Christmas Eve, a shopper was inside the fitting rooms at a Forever 21 store in Fairfax, Virginia. While trying on various pieces of clothing, she suddenly noticed a strange black device on the wall. Frightened, she reached out to local police to investigate the situation.
Local police rushed out to the Fair Oaks Mall and interviewed both the victim and store staff. The victim, who was a minor, described the situation and told police that she was afraid someone may have taken a photograph or video of her changing in the room. One store employee remembered an older man leaving the Forever 21 store and heading into the rest of the mall shortly after the incident.
Officers browsed through the shopping mall and eventually found a man fitting the witness’s description inside a H&M store. At first, officers watched the suspect as he stepped inside a dressing room. There, they decided to confront him.
The man was identified as 39-year-old Mumtaz Rauf, a resident of Alexandria. While interviewing the suspect, authorities discovered he was in possession of both a pinhole camera and a Bluetooth device. Investigators believe he was using the Bluetooth device to remotely gather and transmit photographs from the pinhole camera he left in dressing rooms.
As a result of the incident, he was charged with the unlawful filming of a minor, which is a felony crime. Police believe that there may be additional victims who didn’t know at the time they were being recorded. Anyone with information related to this case is being asked to call the department at 703-591-0966.