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Rodriguez allegedly told law enforcement officials that he “was trying to video pretty girls.”
By Forum Staff
A 39-year-old LaGuardia Airport worker has been arrested and charged with an E-felony for allegedly using his cell phone to record “pretty girls” in the bathroom at the airport.
Samuel Rodriguez, 39, of 130th Street in College Point is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a complaint charging him with second-degree unlawful surveillance.
District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant is accused of an egregious invasion of privacy in an attempt to satisfy his lewd sexual desires. The victim was literally saved by the bell when the defendant’s cell phone alarm began to buzz and she spotted the hidden phone. This kind of depravity will not be tolerated in Queens County and the defendant now faces prison time for his alleged actions.”
According to the charges, just before 9 p.m., last Wednesday, at LaGuardia Airport, a woman entered a one-stall unisex restroom right after the defendant stepped out. Soon after entering the bathroom, the woman heard a beeping sound. She walked toward the sound and spotted a cell phone within the paper towel dispenser. Continuing, said the District Attorney, according to the charges, the victim looked closely at the phone, picked it up and was able to playback the most recent video clip, which allegedly showed the defendant placing the phone inside the paper towel box. The camera of the phone was allegedly angled to capture anyone using the toilet directly across from the paper towels. The District Attorney said, according to the charges, that Rodriguez was approached by law enforcement and responded by stating “I know what this is about and I’m sorry.” The defendant allegedly continued stating in sum and substance that he went to the bathroom, put his phone in there because, “I was trying to video pretty girls. I was going to masturbate to it at home.”