A Kansas woman said she chased a peeping Tom topless through a department store.
Jeanne Ouellette said she was trying on bras Tuesday in the dressing room of a Koh’s store in Lexana, Kansas, when she noticed a man videotaping her with a cell phone held under the dressing room divider.
Ouellette said she was determined not to let the man, later identified as Jerome Bradley, get away with the violation of her privacy, so she pursued him through the store while covering her bare breasts with her hands.
“I followed him (and) I shouted, ‘Stop! Help me!’” Ouellette said. “I just screamed and chased him topless through the store. I know I shouldn’t be chasing someone (but) I was just enraged. I was at a store in a very private place, and I was enraged and I wanted to get the phone.”
But the woman said she gave up the pursuit once she got to the front doors.
“Common sense took over and said, ‘You shouldn’t go outside half naked,’” Ouellette said. “At that point, I just started crying because I was so upset that he was getting away. When you feel violated, what you really want is for justice to be done.”
Other shoppers took up the pursuit and called police, chasing Bradley until he was arrested about three blocks away.
Bradley was charged with breach of privacy, a misdemeanor that carries a possible one-year jail term and a $2,500 fine.
That’s not enough, Ouellette said.
“He is clearly mentally ill, and he clearly needs treatment and he needs to go into the system,” she said.
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