KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police say he's done it again. A KCK man will soon answer to a judge, having been arrested for shooting photos of female shoppers at a local shopping center. Court records show the man has done this before.
KCK resident Carlos Salas-Lopez, 43, has been in trouble for this at least twice before, according to court records. One woman from KCK says Salas-Lopez snapped photos of her as she browsed a store at The Legends shopping center last year, and she's angry that he's has opportunities to violate the privacy of others.
"I knew it was going to happen again, it was just a matter of when," Traci Miller, 37, said.
Miller said it feels like a case of deja vu, as the mother of three recalled August 2014. She says a strange man approached her as she browsed for shoes at the TJ Maxx store at The Legends.
"I bent over to put on a pair of shoes and I saw him put his phone underneath my sundress to take a picture," Miller said.
Miller says that man was Salas-Lopez. She adds she watched as he snapped similiar photos of other women in the store as well.
"I wasn't creeped out by it. I was mad that he was out there doing that," Miller remembered.
Miller says she complained to store managers at TJ Maxx, who promptly kicked the man out of the store. She followed him and collected his license plate number. One week later, Miller says she identified Salas-Lopez in a police photo lineup.
"Knowing he has done this, and who knows what else he's done, like I said, I knew when he did it to me, it wasn't the first time he's done it," Miller said.
Police say it isn't the last time either. Court records from Johnson County say security guards at the J.C. Penney store at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park detained Salas-Lopez on Friday, as he used his phone to snap photos of another woman. Salas-Lopez has been charged with a violation of privacy, which is a misdemeanor.
Chris Schneider with the Wyandotte County Prosecutor's office says Salas-Lopez didn't go to jail for the offense involving Miller because police couldn't identify Salas-Lopez as the man with the camera.
"I want to protect my kids that much more. I wouldn't say it was an emotional thing. I wasn't upset about it. I was mad. I wanted him put away,"
Via written statement, T.J. Maxx Spokesperson Colleen Beauregard made the following comment.
“The safety and well-being of our customers and Associates is always of the utmost importance to us. We’ve worked closely with law enforcement, however as this is a police matter it would not be appropriate for us to comment further.”
Salas-Lopez is currently free on bond, having been bailed out of jail on July 27th. He is due back in court on his latest charge on August 26th.