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Middle Schooler Helps Police Locate Walmart 'Upskirter'

DECATUR (CBSDFW.COM) – A quick-thinking seventh grader helped authorities locate a man who spent an afternoon with a camera taped to his shoe, videotaping underneath at least a dozen women's skirts.

Police said 46-year-old Edwin Bates tried to 'upskirt' the girl's mother while she stood near a Walmart pharmacy.

"I knew immediately he was up to no good," the mom said.

But the woman's 13-year-old daughter spotted the video camera Bates had taped to his shoe. The red record light was on.

"My daughter said, 'Mom, that man's got a video flip camera taped to his shoe,'" the woman said. "It makes you sick. You feel violated, almost like rape."

The seventh grader said she was familiar with the camera, "because I have one myself. I knew exactly what it was," the teenager said.

The woman notified a Walmart employee, who then dialed 911.

Police say after taping the flip video camera to his foot, Bates would walk around the store looking for women wearing skirts.

He'd draw the woman closer by starting a conversation with her. Meanwhile, he was videotaping beneath their skirts.

"To me, my daughter's a hero," the mother said.

The flip video camera has a USB connector that flips or pops out, making videos easy to download onto a personal computer or onto websites.

"My daughter was observant. He was there for three hours from what I was told and nobody noticed it. Nobody noticed it," the woman said.

Police say Bates was inside the Decatur Walmart between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. He videotaped about a dozen women during that time, police said.

"I don't think this is the first time he's done it. He knew what he was doing," Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said.

Bates bonded out of jail Thursday night. He already faces one felony charge. He faces additional charges for each woman who comes forward.

"I believe God put us there. That man needed to be caught. And I'll do whatever I have to do. I just hope other ladies will come forward. And, let's put him away," the woman said.

Women who think Bates may have victimized them are encouraged to call police.


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