Deputies seek man accused of taking pictures up woman’s skirt at Fleming Island Target

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. — A trip to Target got up close and too personal for one woman last Friday.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office is now looking for a man who the victim said pulled out his cellphone and took pictures up her dress.

Shoppers outside the Target store on County Road 220 said this makes them uncomfortable.

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“It definitely makes me want to be more careful when I’m out and shopping around,” Morgan Hackworth said.

According to the police report, the victim was inside Target shopping for Christmas items. The report also says the victim didn’t notice the man behind her until she felt something touch her leg. When she turned around, she saw him taking the pictures.

Whitney Katz said she watched it unfold outside the store.

“We heard a woman saying, ‘Stop him, stop him. That’s the guy right there. Get him.’ (She) just was really frazzled and upset and kind of scared,” Katz said.

Katz said people outside the store were wondering what happened, including herself.

“Then I saw his truck just completely bolt out of there. I’ve never seen anybody drive so fast in my life,” Katz said.

The man left the store in a dark-colored GMC Sierra pickup truck, according to CCSO.

When she saw the sheriff office’s Facebook post, she put the pieces together.

“Being a woman myself, just being a person in general, I’m disgusted and it kind of freaks me out,” Katz said.

Hackworth said an incident like this doesn’t surprise her. She said a man followed her around at the same location.

“I was here shopping around and I noticed somebody was following me closely behind, so then I would walk faster and go down different areas to make sure that person was following me. And then they were,” Hackworth said.

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We asked the Clay County Sheriff’s Office if it has received similar reports. Officials said they have not noticed any pattern.

They encourage the public to step forward if they recognize the man in the picture.

If you have any information, call Deputy K. Carrington at (904)264-6512, or by email at kcarrington@claysheriff.com

Samantha Mathers

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