PD: Man snapped cellphone pics of teen boy in library restroom

By Mark Boyle - Reporter

HOUSTON - A man seen in security video, wearing what looks like gray jumpsuit, is accused of taking pictures of young boys in the bathroom at the Carnegie Branch Library on Quitman Street near Fulton.

Houston police are releasing video taken on April 2 in hopes someone may recognize him and call authorities.

Those who frequent the library are worried the man has not been arrested.

"I wouldn't be OK with my little brother going to the library to read some books and all this bad stuff is starting to happen. Yeah, we got to get him," said neighbor Anthony Garza.

Police say the man in the video went into the bathroom and held his hand below a stall to take a video or snap a photograph of a 13-year-old boy.

"He waited for the suspect to come out, he waited quite a while and then realized he wasn't coming out so he notified his mother who notified authorities," said investigator Monica Carmichael.

Investigators say that boy saw the phone, tried to kick it out of the man's hand then ran for help.

As police questioned the teen and others who had been in the library, their concern about the man grew.

"The security guard who was at the public library had spoken to some other children asking if they had seen anything or happened that day and one of them, no I did not however, the same thing happened to me last week so we do believe there are additional victims," explained Carmichael.

The suspect is described as a black man, 35 to 45 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 185 to 200 pounds.

Investigators said they believe the man has photographed other children.

Anyone with information is asked to call the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-308-1100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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