Cops: Man Hid Camera In Starbucks Bathroom, Filmed 45 Women And Children
A California man placed a hidden camera inside a Starbucks bathroom and filmed dozens of unsuspecting women and children, according to police. The camera was disguised as a coat hook and affixed to a wall adjacent to a toilet for two days last month.
William Zafra Velasco, 25, was arrested earlier this month by Glendora Police Department officers, who executed search warrants at the San Dimas home of the unemployed student. Detectives examining Velasco’s computers discovered “disturbing video of at least 45 female victims using the restroom, including children,” according to investigators.
Velasco, pictured in the above mug shot, was charged with secretly videotaping 45 victims for sexual gratification. Free on $50,000 bail, he is scheduled for a June 21 Superior Court appearance. Cops do not believe that the bathroom videos were uploaded to the Internet or distributed in any other fashion. In addition to video, the surveillance device was equipped to record sound.
After the camera was discovered by a Starbucks employee, police were summoned to the restaurant, where they photographed the device. Evidence photos (here and here) show the hook on a wall next to a sink. A third photo shows the view from the hidden camera’s vantage point.
Police identified Velasco following a review of Starbucks surveillance video showing him entering the café. Over a two-day period last month, police allege, Velasco would enter the bathroom every hour and remove the camera. He would then go to his car and download its videos to his laptop. He would then return to the bathroom and affix the coat hook to the wall.