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Woman Spots Man With Camera Phone in Walmart Bathroom

A man suspected of filming women in the bathroom stalls of a Kearny Mesa Walmart was arrested Tuesday, police confirmed.

A woman was inside the restroom at the Walmart on Shawline Street just off Clairemont Mesa Boulevard when she noticed a camera phone peeking into her stall, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Officer Billy Hernandez said. She looked under the stall’s divider and saw a man identified by police as 52-year-old Richard Shaw, Jr. of National City.

SDPD officers recovered Shaw's cell phone at the scene. An investigation into the incident revealed that Shaw had hidden in the women's restroom and videotaped several women who were inside the stalls next to where he hid.

Shaw was arrested on charges of lewd and disorderly conduct and invasion of privacy, Hernandez said. He was released after posting bail, SDPD said. 

Police have identified at least two victims but believe there may have been several others who were unaware of Shaw's presence at the time. SDPD asked for any women who used the restroom located at the back of the Walmart between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:35 p.m., and 6 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday to call SDPD. 

A Walmart spokesperson told NBC 7 they are working with police to investigate.

“We find these claims disturbing and we will work closely with law enforcement throughout the course of its investigation. Any other questions must be referred to local police,” Walmart spokesperson Charles Crowson said in a written statement.

The Walmart is part of a shopping center that houses an LA Fitness facility, a Food 4 Less grocery store and a gymnastics training center. 

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